Feis promises some feisty dancing

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Members' of the Albany Irish Dance Group Poppy McLean, Bethany Hyde, Georgia and Charlee Retzlaff and Lauren McLean, rear and Joseph Neely, Rhys Jones and Charlotte Neely.
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There will be a fierce display of stamina and strength at Albany’s first World Irish Dance Association Feis this month.

The international association has a presence in more than 20 countries, so organisers are excited about what it means for the future of Irish traditional dance in the Great Southern.

Lucy Fernandez runs local Irish dance school Tara Academy and has organised the event.

“Irish dancing is quite a physical form of dance, requiring timing, stamina, strength and rhythm,” she said.

“There are workshops aimed at informing dancers, instructors and adjudicators on the right way to stretch and keep your body in good health and maintenance.

“I have chosen to join my school with that of an established, world-renowned group to provide opportunities for my dancers to experience other Irish dancing schools.”

Dancers will visit from schools across the country, including Bunbury, Perth and Darwin.

Ms Fernandez said members of the public were welcome at the Feis in the Passmore Centre at Bethel Christian School on Saturday, July 20.

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