Loughgiel School of Irish Dancing has now become a household name and not by accident I might add. They have succeeded in making history many times since they were established in 1978.

Their most recent successes include winning 32 1st place awards at last year’s Ulster Championships, 1st place in the World Dance Championships in Wales in 2014 & 2015 and 1st place at the International Dance Competition in Spain 2016.

The teachers, Colette O’Mullan and sisters Denise & Leisa McIntyre claim that the commitment and dedication of their dancers is the main reason for all of these rewards. The school practises on average a staggering 15 hours per week and fairness and discipline are also key factors of their success. The standing joke in class is that the only excuse for missing practice is if you are ‘dead’ lol.

For any audience it has always been evident in the standard of their performances and the school has indeed a great reputation throughout the province when it comes to creativity and choreography in both solo and team dancing. The school continues to go from strength to strength and the teachers are extremely proud of their success and it certainly proves that genuine hard work does pay off!