I don’t have any I’m afraid :(
I do remember Nicole being dancer of the month in an old issue of IDM though, probably in about 2000. Perhaps they still have back issues for sale? I remember she talked about a friendly rivalry with Kathy Irvine, and how she danced The Hunt and the judges would close their eyes to feel the rhythm.
It’s pretty confusing to people used to the North American prelim/open system.
In the UK and Ireland, prelim competitions are a pretty recent development. It is NOT a level that you need to win out of, but rather a way for dancers who may not be ready to recall in the Open competition to stay motivated and get recognized. Eligibility to enter a prelim varies by region and even by competition as it is not standardized yet. In some regions you are eligible to dance in a prelim until you’ve won one, then you become in eligible while in others it is confined to dancers who have not qualified for Worlds. There’s no hard and fast rule and ineligible dancers entering prelim competitions is a highly contested topic amongst the voy moms. Winning a prelim doesn’t move you up or get you anything other than recognition and a prize.
Prelims are always danced as part of the regular championship. The judges do not know which dancers have entered the prelim, so everyone is judged to the same standard. Only the tabulators know which dancers are entered in the prelim so that their scores can be pulled out. Everyone dances their first two rounds and based off those two rounds, the prelim dancers’ scores are pulled out and ranked first through last separate to the championship recall. If you’re recalling in a championship then you’re probably not dancing in the prelim and vice versa.
For simplicity’s sake, say you have 10 dancers in a competition. 4 have entered the prelim. After the first two rounds, the results look like this:
Dancer A: 1st
Dancer B: 2nd
Dancer C: 3rd
Dancer D: 4th
Dancer E (Prelim): 5th
Dancer F: 6th
Dancer G: 7th
Dancer H (Prelim): 8th
Dancer I (Prelim): 9th
Dancer J (Prelim): 10th
Based on the above, Dancers A, B, C, D, and E made the championship recall. Dancers F and G were not eligible to enter the prelim and did not make the recall, so they leave empty handed. Dancer E had a great day, because they made the championship recall and won the prelim. The prelim result is as follows, based on the above:
Dancer E 1st
Dancer H 2nd
Dancer I 3rd
Dancer J 4th
Dancers H, I, and J didn’t recall in the championship, but they were awarded in the prelim result. Dancers F and G were skipped over because they were ineligible for or did not enter the prelim. It is not always the case that the dancer in last place in the prelim was last place in the overall championship result as not everyone enters the prelim.
As far as it being embarrassing, I’m not sure why it would be. Not everyone wants to be recoginized in this way so it may not be for everyone, but there is no shame in being at the level you’re at. Winning a prelim or winning a novice 1st bear no shame to me, so hopefully no one is making the prelim winners feel bad.
Part of this is wrong. Prelims are not always danced as part of the championship.
More frequently, they are completely separate as in the US and Canada.
The rest is pretty much accurate, but generally prelims are separate.