|Abby Coyman (pictured here at 2011 World Irish Dancing Championships)|
clinches 6th place in Girls 13-14 All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships
Photo by Lynn Academy of Irish Dance
Monday, the third day of the 2012 All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships, is one of the biggest competition days for this first major international Irish dancing competition of the year. There are three solo competitions and three team competitions, and the dancers, teachers and families account for a good portion of the thousands who have traveled to South Dublin this week.
The team events this day are Minor Girls Ceili, for girls under 13, Minor Mixed Ceili, for boys and girls under 13, and Minor Figure, for under 13. There were no North American schools represented in any of the team events, but dancers from Canada and the United States made up a solid 20-30 percent or more of the boys' and girls' solo competitions.
Of 158 dancers registered for the Girls 13-14 event, 35 were North Americans representing 21 Irish dancing schools in Canada and the United States. These An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha-certified schools are Butler-Fearon-O'Connor Western U.S. and Eastern Canada; Pomeroy from Western Canada; Clarkson, Lavin-Cassidy, McGing and Walsh-Kelly from Middle America; Cleary, Kelly, and Maguire from the Western U.S. Drake, Walsh-Kelley and Watters from the South; Gilleoghan, Gray, Lynn, O'Shea-Chaplin and Stillson from New England; and Hagen, McDade-Cara, O'Grady-Quinlan, and O'Sullivan from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Due to adjudicator conflicts (a dancer may not compete in a year that her teacher or a teacher associated with her school is judging), there were a number of contenders missing from the Girls 13-14 event this year. Melanie Valdes, from Petri, tied for first place in 2011 with Cyra Taylor from Doherty. Valdes and Ciara Murphy, another Petri dancer, could not compete due to this conflict. Two other 2011 Top 20 dancers - Aislinn Bevill from Pender-Keady and Mary Kate Guinan from Mulhern - also had teachers adjudicating.
|Aine Claire Sheehan from McDade-Cara pictured here at the |
Mid-Atlantic Regional Irish Dancing Championships with Champion Melanie Valdes
Photo Shamrock Photo
North American Boys Place at All Irelands Sunday
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Team Results
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Solo Results Part 1