Anastasia Koukouvas is the youngest ever dancer to secure the title for Mackay and North Queensland as well as the first in nine years to do so. Picture: Contributed
Anastasia Koukouvas is the youngest ever dancer to secure the title for Mackay and North Queensland as well as the first in nine years to do so. Picture: Contributed

Tiny dancer wins state Irish Dancing championships

IN ONLY her second year of competing, a young Mackay dancer has won the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships.

At age eight, Anastasia Koukouvas is the youngest ever dancer to secure the title for Mackay and North Queensland as well as the first of any age in nine years to do so.

Anastasia Koukouvas is the youngest ever dancer to secure the title for Mackay and North Queensland as well as the first in nine years to do so. Picture: Contributed
Anastasia Koukouvas is the youngest ever dancer to secure the title for Mackay and North Queensland as well as the first in nine years to do so. Picture: Contributed

Teacher Kirstine Munro, of Munro School of Irish Dancing, also had three other students place in the top 10 for their age groups including Anastasia's older sister Gabriella who was runner-up state champion in the nine-years age group.

Gabriella Koukouvas was runner-up state champion in the nine-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed
Gabriella Koukouvas was runner-up state champion in the nine-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed

Fellow student Indy Jorgensen placed sixth in her eight-years age group and Keava Brenann likewise placed sixth in the 14-years age group.

"I am incredibly proud of my little stars' achievements and also need to acknowledge the support of their 'dance families' in helping them reach their goals," Ms Munro said.

"It's been a tough year for the dancers having to learn their choreography via online Zoom Lessons due to COVID-19 restrictions."

Indy Jorgensen placed sixth in her eight-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed
Indy Jorgensen placed sixth in her eight-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed

Ms Munro said Irish dancing required students to be strong across the two disciplines.

"The soft dancing is like a mix of ballet movements then the heavy dancing is the Irish tap shoes - so a lot of rhythm and percussion," she said.

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She said students were drawn to the dancing style for a mix of reasons including their cultural heritage, fun and fitness or having watched the Wiggles.

Ms Munro said the Koukouvas sisters fell in love with the style after watching Dancing Down Under on ABC.

She herself took up the legacy from her mum Kay Munro who taught Irish dancing at three dance schools across Mackay.

Keava Brenann placed sixth in the nine-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed
Keava Brenann placed sixth in the nine-years age group at the Queensland Irish Dancing Championships. Picture: Contributed

She said it was her mum who had taught the previous Mackay dancer to be crowned the Queensland Irish dancing champion.

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Munro School of Irish Dancing is at the Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence Studios at 14 Tennyson St.

Ms Munro said anyone was welcome to go along and give Irish dancing a try.



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