It was a happy moment for the Kilkenny School of Irish Dance when our very own Esther van der Burg became the first woman in ‘Mainland Europe and Asia’ to become a World Irish Dance medalist. When Esther took to the floor in Glasgow in the category ladies 21-23 years, she wow-ed the judges, just as she has been wow-ing us here in Netherlands for many years.
But there is more great news from Glasgow – not just one World medalist, but two! Fellow Kilkenny dancer, Sandun Verschoor danced his way to the finals of the mens over 22 years.
Esther is now 13th best dancer in the entire world and Sandun is 7th.
Their teachers, fellow dancers and Kilkenny friends could not be prouder.
We’ll have to keep a close eye on those Kilkenny world qualifiers following in their footsteps – Jessica, Bradley, Mia, Amy and Kyra.