The New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, also known as the “Oireachtas,” was recently held in Hartford, CT. It is the area’s most prestigious event bringing in top dancers from schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and competitions have as many as 100 competitors.
Local dancers, representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, were proud to bring home 3 regional titles, 2 World Championship qualifying positions, 5 National Championship qualifying positions, a top five podium placing team and numerous other medals and recalls.
The World Irish Dance Championships, which is the Olympics of Irish dance, will be held in North America this year. The Ashurst Academy is proud to have Cian Walls of Woodbridge and Piper Normand of Canton, qualified to compete in their respective solo championships.
In the traditional set championships, first place titles were earned by Adeline Gibowicz of Danbury, Emelia Gibowicz of Danbury and Abigail Dugan of Washington CT.
The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers themselves collectively holding many regional, national and international titles.
The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance holds classes and camps in Newtown, Danbury and Southbury for dancers ages 4+. For information, visit: http://www.ashurstirishdance.com or call (203) 928-0689.
Dancers Cian Walls and Piper Normand celebrate after qualifying for the World Irish Dance Championships