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Second world dance title for Cullyhanna teenager

January 27, 2009


Seventeen-year-old Fiona Murray from Cullyhanna is celebrating after scooping a world title earlier this month when she took first place in the World Country Dance Federation championships.  

 This is the second world title for Fiona, having won it for the first time last year, and has brought to an end her hugely successful year competing in Intermediate championships.

Fiona is a member of the Memphis Belles Dance School in Carrickmacross and, under the tutelage of her dance teacher Rosita Shekleton, she travelled to Kalker, Germany to participate in the competition.

On her way to winning the world title, it was necessary for Fiona to achieve success in three separate qualifying championships.  This proved to be no problem to the talented teenager as she took first place in all three – European, German Summer Classic and Dutch championships.  

Prior to taking these titles, Fiona also celebrated success closer to home, having won the Ulster and Ireland title as well.

She attributes her success to hard work and constant training, along with the support she receives from her family.  To her parents, Seamus and Pauline, she is a source of great pride and Fiona is deeply appreciative of the support they continue to give her as she follows her dream.

A sixth year pupil at St. Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen, Fiona is currently studying for her A levels and she says the principal and teachers have also shown her great support over the years.  Although competing at this level is extremely time consuming, she is keen not to allow it to infringe on her school work  where ever possible.

Fiona first became interested in Line Dancing at the age of eight and now practices three times a week, more often coming up to competitions.  Now she is able to compete at Advanced level, Fiona hopes to continue her success and achieve her dream to participate in the competition’s ‘mega-star division’.    This is the highest level at which dancers can compete and, on the back of her success to date, we have no doubt that Fiona will indeed be a ‘mega star.’


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