Exceptional Cora wins top Dancing titles

Nine year old Cora McAllister
Nine year old Cora McAllister

Nine year old Cora McAllister has been decribed as an exceptional talent.

The petite Irish dancer from Dunseverick has notched up numerous titles in her short life as Cora’s proud Mum Colleen explained: “Cora has had a very busy year. She has been dancing since she was three and a half and in competition since she was four and a half. This year she won her third Northern Ireland title and second Ulster title and her 40th championship all in one year.

“Cora goes to class three times a week at JML Dancing in Ballymoney and then she will practice in between at home.”

Cora’s mum also competed and her love of dance has obviously been passed on to the Primary 6 pupil. “A lot of the family would have been dancers so I dare say that’s where she got the bug for it,” added Colleen.

Not only is Cora a brilliant Irish dancer she has many other talents too.

“Cora plays the flute, fiddle and tin whistle and is part of the fleadh group in Ballycastle which all ties in with the dancing,” said Colleen. “We are always on the go, especially in festival season. Between going from music lessons to dancing lessons and to competitions.”

Having been noted for having a great talent there’s no doubt we’ll hear a lot more about Cora in the year’s to come. “Cora just loves her dancing, she would love to teach when she is older. She attended the summer school held by Lauren Smyth from Riverdance and totally loved it. She just loves to dance.”