LOUGHSHINNY HAS an All-Ireland champion in its midst but it's not a hurler or a footballer, it is a young and very talented hip-hop dancer. Recently Nadia Copeland ( 9) from Loughshinny danced her way to the All-Ireland Hip Hop Championship in the under-10 solo category.
The championships were held at Trabolgan in Cork, and dance schools from all over the country were represented. Nadia received a gold All- Ireland winners' Medal and a trophy which she had to make room on the mantel for as she added it to the Irish Masters Title she won in Killarney earlier in the year. These are the two 'majors' of hip-hop dancing in Ireland.
Nadia goes to Streets Ahead dance school in Santry, were they cater for all ages and types of dance and drama. She also dances with a crew called Future Street, who placed fourth at the championships, and she has made great friends with them all, according to her proud parents Aidan and Lynn. Her primary dance instructor, who teaches in her spare time, is also a local girl, Kelli Grogan from Skerries. Nadia has been at the school since she was twoyears-old. Nadia's dad, Aidan, told the Fingal Independent: 'Kelli took over Nadia's crew about two-and-ahalf-years ago and we noticed an immediate reaction from Nadia, her intensity and enthusiasm grew immensely. 'She is so lucky to have a great teacher, Kelli is herself a multiple champion and has represented Ireland at the World Championships in Las Vegas, and says Nadia is a born performer and she is so proud of her.'
Nadia is first daughter of proud parents Aidan and Lynn Copeland. She is aged nine and has a brother Patrick, who is five and sister Jorja is three. The family live in Loughshinny and Nadia goes to school in St. Malogas Balbriggan.