TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Dancers from 30 different countries traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece to compete in an international competition.
Of all the dancers that competed Mackenzie Eirene Lynch of Amherst placed second.
Mackenzie is a dance instructor at Oasis Dance Center in Tonawanda. She’s been belly dancing for 11 years, but says she never imagined herself competing internationally. This was actually her first competition!
She puts a lot of time and energy into practicing and says she spends about 10 to 20 hours a week belly dancing.
Mackenzie says she spent months preparing for the International Oriental Dance Festival where the Euro Crown Competition took place. Her performance was 3 and a half minutes long.
“There were people from all over the world so Estonia, Russia, the Ukraine. I was actually the only American who competed in the competition and it was definitely intense there were a lot of really great dancers and I just kept telling myself I am what I am and I just want to go there and show the judges who I am and how I dance and see what happens,” said Mackenzie Eirene Lynch performer and Instructor and Oasis Dance Center
Mackenzie says she was so surprised and of course happy that she placed. More competitions are in her future. Mackenzie plans to compete in the East Coast Classic in Virginia in January.