Two Fort St John dancers from the Watt School of Irish Dance are at the height of preparation for the World Irish Dancing Championships. The event will take place in London, England April 13-20 and will welcome more than 5,000 competitors from across the globe.
Vancouver hosted the Western Canadian Qualifier in November, 2013. The city welcomed the highest caliber of dancers, from British Columbia to Manitoba, all vying for a place in London. Jordan Crawford, 11, earned a spot at the Championships with a third place podium finish & Lindsay Surerus, 16, secured one with a fifth place win. Patricia Robertson, 20, had a remarkable first place win in the Ladies U21 category, the fifth win in her competitive career. Patricia, not only a top international dancer, is a third year UBC student, and sadly due to scheduling conflicts will have to forego the Championships for the first time in 7 years.
After a smashing success in Vancouver, the girls have continued with a streak, bringing in multiple wins- Jordan, third place in Calgary, first place in Edmonton. Lindsay, second place in Edmonton, second in Seattle, and first place in Portland.
Following the World Championships, Jordan, Lindsay & Patricia will join six of their classmates at the North American Championships. Nine dancers from the Watt School have qualified for this weeklong event in July. Until then, they have their eyes on the prize that is a World medal. The girls look forward to representing Western Canada at the “Olympics” of Irish dance. It will be both a privilege & honor to dance on the prestigious World stage.