UCC Dance success at Inters

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On Thursday 7th of March, 57 dancers from UCC Dance club competed in the All Ireland Dance Intervarsities. This year the event was organised by TU Dublin Dance Society and held in the National Stadium in Dublin. UCC entered all five categories and after many weeks of hard work were delighted that their efforts paid off.

2019 was the most successful intervarsity competition in recent years for UCC Dance who managed to bring home 5 trophies in total, the most of any competing college or university.

The contemporary team placed 1st, bringing home gold for UCC. The routine was choreographed by the clubs own Danielle Murphy and Sarah Cooke. The girls began choreographing the advanced team last year and also both hold committee positions in the club. A huge congratulations to the 20 girls on this year’s team who worked incredibly hard over the last few months.

The jazz team took 2nd place with an energetic, dynamic performance choreographed by Shauna Cranitch who said “The standard was incredibly high this year and we are proud of our team for doing so well.” The jazz performer of the category was awarded to UCC’s Sarah Cooke who stunned the crowd and judges with her flawless technique and beautiful performance.

The next team the club put forward was the Irish troupe whose feel-good performance won them 3rd place. The choreography was described by the judges as “a refreshing mix of traditional and modern styles.” Choreographers Micheál Fogarty and Rachel Rea were commended for their mesmerising routine.

The success didn’t stop there for UCC who then placed 2nd in the mixed piece category. 40 mixed piece team members were involved in the routine. Both their dancing and characterisation is what awarded them their sport in the podium.

Lastly, the UCC hip hop crew competed in what is always a challenging category. The routine, choreographed by Sophie Mason and Siobhán O’Connor, allowed the crew to dominate the stage with a powerful, intricate performance. The team placed 4th in one of the toughest categories of the day.

UCC Dance has a reputation for being one of the friendliest and best spirited university dance clubs in the country, a reputation that was upheld at this years intervarsities. The club caters for both competitive and recreational dances and hosts some of the largest numbers of any UCC Sport Club. The committee would like to say a massive thank you and congratulations to each and every one of their members following a great year and fantastic competition, in particular to the intervarsity officer, Aoife Cotter, who made the trip such a success and of course the club Captain Danielle Murphy and Vice Captain Micheál Fogarty.