Irish dancer from Perth stepping out on world stages

Dakota Courtney with teachers Rose O'Brien and Martina O'Brien.
Dakota Courtney with teachers Rose O'Brien and Martina O'Brien.

QUINNS Rocks resident Dakota Courtney (20) was the first ever Irish dancer in Western Australia to place in the top five at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

The O’Brien Academy of Irish Dancing student came fourth in the championships in April, which were held in the US.

She also recently came second in the All Ireland Championships, and is a three-time Australian champion and six-time West Australia champion.

Dakota Courtney.

“I love Irish dancing, and my school for all that it gives me,” she said.

“I’ve been able to travel the world with my school because of Irish dancing and go to places I would have never imagined.

“Being able to travel the world also means I have made friendships all over and that is one of the greatest parts of dancing for me.”

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Posted by North Coast Times/Weekender on Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Courtney started Irish dancing in 2004 when she was five years old.

“My dad and his family were all Irish so, living in Australia, he wanted to get us into it so that we had something to connect us to his home,” she said.

Courtney is training for the Australian International Championships on the Gold Coast and WA State Championships in July.

She is also training for the Australian National Championships in Canberra in October and will head back to Ireland in February for the All Ireland Championships and then the World Championships in Dublin.

Courtney said she hoped to continue succeeding in competitive dancing, and one day win the world championships.

“Outside of competing I hope I get the opportunity to tour the world again with a show and eventually start teaching and passing on my knowledge and passion to the next generation,” she said.