Dancers take on 12-hour challenge in final fundraising push for American championships

Admin (06 June, 2018) Sport

Eight youngsters at Deborah Whelan Dance need to raise £10,000 to fly out to the North American Irish Dance Championships

22372L-R: Caitlin Cole, Hannah Manners-Cidon, Mary-Kate Nealon, Lexie Mae (not competing), Nancy Timon, Maisie Ryan, Leah Macdonald of Deborah Whelan Dance

A team of talented young dancers will take part in a dance-a-thon as a final fundraising drive to get them to a competition in America.

The youngsters, from Deborah Whelan Dance, will dance non-stop for a gruelling twelve hours this Sunday, June 10, as a final push to raise £10,000 so they can fly out to the North American Irish Dance Championships in Florida on June 28.

Over the last two weeks, three of the dancers won the open championships at the White Rose Feis in Doncaster.

Under-12 Maisie Ryan, under-13 Hannah Manners-Cidon, and under-16 Nancy Timon all won the title in their age category.

Local girl Nancy Timon also won the under-15 European Championship in Spain on May 27, and Maisie Ryan won the under-12 championships at this year’s Manchester Bee Memorial Feis on June 2.

The three dancers will be joined in Florida by sisters Mary-Kate Nealon and Aine Nealon, as well as Leah Macdonald and Caitlin Cole, where they will compete over five days.

The Docklands Settlement, in Rotherhithe, has generously donated its dance studio for the dance-a-thon this Sunday, from 8am to 8pm.

The venue runs a programme of activities for all ages and disabilities, including floristry for the elderly, disability football and disability zumba, tai chi for the visually impaired, and walking football for the elderly with dementia.

They also offer a number of classes for children from new born age to nineteen.

To donate to the fundraising appeal, visit:

To find out more about the Docklands Settlement, visit:

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