A fabulous Slow Waltz performed by fitness instructor John Whelan and his dance partner Bonzie Crotty captured the overall honours in the Waltz section of the 10th annual Strictly Deise Dancing competition which brought capacity crowds to the Tower Hotel on Wednesday and Thursday night.
In the Latin section top honours went to Nicky Brennan and his partner Joanne Tubritt who has been involved in Strictly Deise Dancing since its inception. The couple danced the Samba and the adjudicator Noel O’Donoghue said that as a dancing couple it was like a “perfect storm.” Technically, he said the Samba was the most difficult of all dances but the performance of Nicky and Joanne was “a fluid and perfect dance.”
Joanne won her first Strictly Deise Dancing title in 2010 when she partnered Jimmy Lyons in the Ballroom section of the competition. she went on to partner Keith Walsh in 2012 and Nicky Quinlan in 2015 to lift the title in the Latin section.
Bonzie Crotty is also no stranger to the winners podium She first won the Ballroom section in 2013 when she partnered Tony McMahon and lifted the title again in 2015 with her then dance partner Frank Halley.
Strictly Deise Dancing is the main annual fundraiser for the Waterford Lions Club which is over 50 years in existence. Monies raised are used to support local charitable causes and voluntary groups. Waterford Lions fund outings for children with special needs and the annual senior citizens Christmas party at the Tower Hotel.
It also supports a host of organisations including Waterford Marine Search and Rescue.
All 20 competing beginner dancers who spend five months in rehearsals of the May showcase raise €1,000 to compete. During their training they are put through their paces by Waterford’s own ‘Lady of the Dance’ Betty Bible-Mulcahy and her daughter Faith Mulcahy-Drohan.