Dundalk boy Elliot Kewele (12), has become an Irish National Champion after winning the title at Citywest, capping what has been an excellent year following his third-place finish in the highly competitive World Championships at Easter.
Not one to rest on his laurels however, having finished third in the Worlds two years running; Elliot hopes that his latest victory will be a springboard to even more success in 2018. As well as this latest success Eliot is also a two time Ulster Champion and is the current holder of that title.
A pupil of CBS. Dundalk, Elliot began dancing four years ago and practices his dancing six days a week as well as attending his class three times a week at the McGee School of Irish Dance where he is coached.
Elliot’s progress and continued rise has come as no great surprise to his teacher Dervla McGee of the school who commented “Elliot is talented and is dedicated to his dancing. He is a quick learner and works very hard to achieve his goals but despite his success remains a very modest, likable boy and is a great ambassador for our school.”
In what was a very successful National Championship for all the McGee School competitors, three other dancers, Emily Duffy, Sarah Lee and Abby Dunne, having performed superbly, also qualified and will join Elliot at the next World Championships, to be held in Glasgow 2018.
According to Dervla all students will continue to work hard at their dancing over the coming months in preparation for the Championships and hope to bring more glory to Dundalk.
“Although, like everyone else, these dancers are off school at the moment, they have to keep going throughout the summer to improve their technique and fitness levels – they put so much in, so it’s very satisfying for us to see them deservedly reap the rewards at major championships.”