The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance recently brought home 4 titles and 13 top ten spots at the New England Regional Irish Dance Championships held in Hartford, CT. The “Oireachtas,” as it’s referred to, is a qualifying event for top Irish dancers in the region aiming to qualify for both the World Irish Dance Championships and the North American Irish Dance Championships the following year. The event also hosts traditional set dance championships, adult dance competitions & team competitions.
This year the Oireachtas was held at the Hartford Marriott and Connecticut Convention Center and for the Ashurst Academy, the event was a huge success. On the opening days of events, the Academy gained its first world qualifier, Cian Walls, age 11 of Woodbridge, as well its first championship title with Cian’s younger sister, Charlotte Walls, winning the U8 Traditional Set category. Cian will represent “Team Ashurst” at the World Irish Dance Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland next March as well as go on to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships to be held in Orlando next July.
The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is run by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance lead dancers, Craig & Christina Ashurst and holds classes in Newtown & Danbury Connecticut for students ages 4+. For more information, please visit www.ashurstirishdance.co m or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-928-0689.
Pictured: Ciam & Charlotte Walls