Dancers from across UK come to Corby for school’s first national competition

Dancers from around the UK came to Corby for the day
Dancers from around the UK came to Corby for the day

More than 300 Irish dancers from across the country flooded to a Corby dance school as it launched its first national competition.

Kevin Costello, of Costello Irish Dance school in Corby, invited dance schools from as far as Kent and Wales to take part in the first Charity Wheel contest.

The event, on Saturday, May 30, also succeeded in raising £150 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr Costello said: “I chose the charity because my mother has Alzheimer’s and it was just a small token to say thank you for all the years she spent taking me to dance lessons and competitions when I was growing up.

“It was a really good day with lots of positive feedback, even though as a school we are not very competetive.

“Our motto is that everyone matters.”

As a spur-of-the-moment extra heat, Mr Costello gave audience members a chance to participate in a mini-dance competition themselves.

He said: “It was just an idea I had off the cuff and it was really good fun.

“We had people aged from four to 64 having a go – some high-level dancers and some just getting up and having a jig around.

“Everyone loved it.”

Mr Costello has been teaching Irish dancing for 21 years and the school is open to dancers of all levels and ages.

Further information can be found in the Costello Irish Dance page on Facebook, or by emailing Kevin Costello directly at