A Strictly first as young dancers contest the floor

Sadie Jane Mazurek and Cathal Carr bring the house down with a fantastic performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Sadie Jane Mazurek and Cathal Carr bring the house down with a fantastic performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Winners of the Tralee Musical Society Strictly Young Dancing Competition Young Dancers Laila Collins and Timmy Kerins, Darragh Hurley and Kate Ann Harris (senior winners) receiving their trophies from judges Joanne Griffin,Siobhan Murphy and Daniel Flanagan.

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Tralee Musical Society have declared their first ever 'Strictly Come Dancing' event as a "fantastic night" and say that they fully intend on making it an annual event.

Tralee Musical Society, famed for their dazzling performances on the stage, found themselves in uncharted territory, as they held Kerry's first ever juvenile  version of the popular dancing competition.

All contestants - there were nine couples in total - on the night were aged 18 and under and all of them, to a tee, danced immaculately, according organiser Natalie Murphy.

"It was just a fantastic night. We had a great turnout and everybody seems to be talking about it and saying it was a great night so we are delighted with ourselves and how it went" said Natalie, PRO for the Musical Society.

"Seeing the kids get a chance to express their talent and show off all their hard work in front of everybody was especially wonderful." We saw that all the kids from the different dance schools were mixing and chatting on the night so from a purely social point of view, it was great to see them making friends," she continued. 

While all the dances and dancers on the night were astounding in their craft, there could only be a few winners; Layla Collins and Timmy Kerins from 'Cassie Leen's School of Dance' were the junior winners while Darragh Hurley and Katie Anne Harris from Oliver Hurley's school who also took home the title of winners on the night.

"There were so many wonderful dances and genres of dance on the night; we had hip-hop dances, slow dances, jives and much more," she said.

"We had some partners who used music from the film 'The Greatest Showman', we had  one of the winners use a  song from Meghan Trainor' and things like that. It was all great," she finished. With this inaugural event in the bag. thoughts will soon turn to 2019 - we can't wait!