|The podium awaitsTop Five All-Ireland Irish dancers in Dublin, Ireland next week.|
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Nathan Dale dances with Mullane Healy Godley in Illinois and is the 2011 All-Ireland Dancing Champion for Boys under 14. In an interview with MySuburbanLife.com, Dale said about his winning, “At first we weren’t sure if I won, but as soon as I did, we were all really happy and my mom was crying and everyone from dance school was coming over.
When I was at the top of the podium, it was just the greatest feeling.” Due to an adjudicator conflict, Dale was not able to compete at the 2011 World Irish Dancing Championships.
Peter Dziak from Trinity Irish Dance, who took second place at the 2011 All-Irelands, clinched the World championship and went on to win the North American National Irish Dancing title in July while Dale took second place. Dale and Dziak have a friendly rivalry and are both from the Middle America Region.
|Peter Dziak, Trinity Irish Dance (Illinois/Wisconsin)|
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Jason Hays dances with McTeggart in Texas, and is the 2011 All-Ireland Dancing Champion for Men under 20. Hays also holds the 2006 World Irish Dancing Championship for Boys under 15. Hays also holds the most current, consecutive North American record for regional Irish dancing championships with twelve wins starting in 2000 when he won the Southern Regional Irish Dancing Championship for Boys under 9. He took second place at the North American National Irish Dancing Championships in 2011 and fourth place at the 2011 World Irish Dancing Championships. Hays founded Jason Hays Designs in 2006 after his doodling of Irish dance dresses resulted in professional designs and stunning costumes. This fall, he will major in sports psychology as a transfer to Texas Christian University.
|Jason Hays, McTeggart Irish Dancers (Texas)|
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