Irish dancers from Ashurst qualify for the words and win the regional title!

The New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, also known as the “Oireachtas,” were held recently in Hartford, Connecticut, the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is the most prestigious event in the region bringing together the best dancers from schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and competitions have up to 100 competitors.

At the event, local dancers, representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, were proud to win a World Championship qualifying position, 5 National Championship qualifying positions, a traditional set champion, as well as many additional podiums and medals.

The Irish Dance World Championships, which are the Irish Dance Olympics, will be held in Belfast, Ireland next April. Ashurst Academy is proud to have Katie Sheehan (Southbury) and Piper Normand (Township) qualified to compete.

These two dancers also qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships which will be held in Montreal in July in addition to their teammates Caroline Morneau (Bethel), Lucy Lowman (Ridgefield), Olivia Lanza (Oxford), Madden Curran (Bethel) ) and Deirdre Smith. (New city).

Newtown local Sofia McKirdy took first place in the traditional sets championship in her age category and in addition to those listed there were also field placements won by Emily Delp (Southbury), Julia Villadolid (Southbury) , Kylee Dugan (Washington), Elisabeth Berg (Easton), Trey Ruffles (Danbury), Maddie Winslow (Ridgefield), Vivian Eaton (Newtown), Lily Sandor (Southbury), Evelyn Anderson (Brookfield), Addison Bertholf (Oxford), Tess Normand (Canton) and Adlien Ekman (Newtown). Strong rounds were also played by Adeline Gibowicz (Danbury), Emelia Gibowicz (Danbury), Raeanne Yeomans (Newtown), Clare Gugliotto (Brookfield), Caroline Pickett (Ridgefield), Kailey Moore (Woodbury), Katie Ruszczyk (Newtown) and Maeve Feeney (Woodbury).

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is run by former stars of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers, collectively holding numerous regional, national and international titles.

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is currently enrolling a new beginner’s program which will begin in January 2022.

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