The North American Irish Dance Championships is one of the most prestigious events in the world for Irish dancers. This year it was held in Orlando, Florida over the first week of July. While titled the “nationals,” it is open to top competitors who have qualified for the event in not only North America, but also Ireland, England, Scotland and around the world.
The event is comprised of solo and team competitions divided by age groups with many categories having nearly 200 competitors. Woodbridge local, Cian Walls, competed in the Boys U12 division where he received a “recall” meaning he was amongst the top of the competition and came home with a medal along with a qualifying spot for the World Championships in 2019.
Walls, who has reached the highest level of competitive Irish dance called “open championship,” proudly represented the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance and the New England region. He now prepares for the region’s most prestigious competition, known to dancers as the “Oireachtas” which takes place in Hartford this November and where dancers aim to qualify for the nationals and world championships.
The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is now enrolling beginner summer camps and classes for their 2018-2019 season. All classes are instructed by certified teachers and former leads of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. For more information, please visit: http://www.ashurstirishdance.com or call (203) 928-0689.