Intervarsities 2018

On Wednesday the 7th of March all of us here at UCC Dance Club hosted one of the most successful events of the club to date: All Ireland Dance Intervarsities.

After months of preparation and planning, the event got underway on Tuesday with each college arriving at scheduled times at the Opera House for registration and their tech run.

From here they were brought to the Maradyke Arena where each college was given much appreciated rehearsal space.

On Wednesday morning, at 9am sharp, the competition got underway with the Irish Dancing Category and what a start to the day it was! Always a guaranteed crowd-please, the Irish dancers blew the crowd away and had everyone spellbound. Tasked with judging  this category was David Geaney (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent), Colin Dunne and Zoey Griffin.

The next category, the contemporary category was equally as strong with colleges delivering very powerful and emotive numbers. A big contrast from the Irish Dancing which was enjoyed by all watching. Kevin Hayes, Sarah Moriarty and Lorcan O’Neill were the judges in this category, a job not made easy by the standard of contemporary dancing in this category.

The much enjoyed Jazz category got underway at midday. This year it was the most highly contested category a total of 10 colleges entering a team. The standard of dancing and execution was extremely high. The different Jazz styles displayed by colleges in this category kept the category varied and interesting and each team was well received by the audience. The judges for this category were kevin Twoomey, Sarah Moriarty and Aideen Johnson.

The much anticipated hip hop category got underway after lunch and did not fail to disappoint, with many colleges receiving standing ovations at the end of the their routines. The atmosphere was electric inside cork opera house. Every member of the audience had their eyes glued to the stage where an unforgettable standard of hip-hop dancing was delivered.

Finally, the mixed piece category saw routines varying from Beyonce tributes to the theme of earths elements. The interpretation of style and methods of style collaboration was spell bounding and wholly enjoyable.

Here at UCC Dance Club we would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge congratulations to not only the colleges that placed but to every college who participated and helped to make this event the success that it was. Thank you to all colleges for your cooperation and your team spirit. You made our job a lot easier and truly enjoyable. Thank you to Cork Opera house who were so accommodating and welcoming, he venue was a huge part of the success of the day. To all of the judges, thank you for your time and patience, we hope you enjoyed the dancing. To Nicole Breen for becoming stage manager and running all things technical backstage. To our Inters Officer Leanne and Vice Chloe for making Intervarities the professional and smooth event that turned into an undeniable success. To our Co-Captains, Kate and Fiona and our Vice Aine for your commitment and dedication in the run up to inters. To our secretary Dearbhla who is the very epitome of organised – your professionalism and management on the day, saved the day, and to all our hard working committee who have worked tirelessly to pull off Intervarsities 2018.

The results from the day were as follows:

Irish Dancing:

Individual Award: Rachel Rea (UCC)

1st Place: UCC

2nd Place:

3rd Place

 

Contemporary:

Individual Award:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place

 

Jazz

Individual Award:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place

 

Hip Hop

 

Individual Award:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place

 

Mixed Piece: 

Individual Award:

1st Place:

2nd Place:

3rd Place