Kathryn dances her way to the Northern Ireland title

Northern Ireland champion: Kathryn Lorimer. INNT 13-521CON
Northern Ireland champion: Kathryn Lorimer. INNT 13-521CON
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THE highly sought after title of Senior Northern Ireland Champion was recently awarded to Kathryn Lorimer from The Mackay School of Irish Dancing, Templepatrick.

The championships were held at the Girls’ Model School in Belfast, with many dancers from across the province qualifying to compete in different age groups for the much coveted title of Northern Ireland Champion.

Kathryn, from Doagh, qualified for the championships from a pool of around 40 girls, fighting off serious competition from 11 other talented dancers in the final.

Each competitor in the Senior age group had to perform three dances and were marked by a panel of three adjudicators.

The dancing, as always, was of an exceptionally high standard, but 20-year-old Kathryn impressed the judges with her performances - a reel, The Reaper and Captain Megan.

“It was pretty unreal,” the Belfast Metropolitan College Early Years student told the Times. “Never in my lifetime did I expect to win, so it was absolutely amazing.”

Kathryn, a former pupil of Ballyclare High School, has been dancing since the age of three and is taught by Hilda and Iain Mackay. She is a champion dancer and has already picked up several other prestigious titles such as The Loreto Breen Award at Portadown Festival and The Gold Medal Competition at Belfast Festival. Her latest success came last week when she won the Senior Championship at Ballyclare Festival.