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First-time regional Irish dance champions - PHOTOS

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2011 New England Regional Irish Dancing Champion
Girls under 9 Jillian Collins (pink) hugs Brigitte Reid.
Photo by Dana Sulger

There may be nothing so exciting than watching a brand new regional Irish dancing champion realize that he or she is the last one standing during awards.  Those emotional moments before the dancer receives the championship sash and climbs to the coveted top spot on the podium are priceless!  Captured by professional event photographers and hundreds of amateurs clicking away, the images serve to remind us of the joy that comes with hard work and the love of Irish dance.
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Ellie King, Girls under 11
2011 Southern Regional Irish Dancing Champion.
Photo: Shamrock Photo

 

 
Charlotte Sulger, Girls under 9
2011 New England Regional Irish Dancing Champion.
Photo: Dana Sulger.


For all regional championships in North America, the Top Ten are usually introduced at the beginning of each group's awards.  Ten competitor numbers are called on-stage, and the excitement mounts to know how the ten placements will fall.  Then, the Top Ten move to the back or side of the stage while awards are presented to the top 50% of the dancers in each competition, in reverse order.  As the placements get closer to the top performers, those who have qualified for the North American National Irish Dancing Championships are called out as well.  Finally, the Top Ten return to the front of the stage.  Heads are bowed, and a view from behind would often show rivals holding hands while waiting results. 
 

Hattie Rose Hare, Girls under 10
2011 Southern Regional Irish Dancing Champion.
Photo: Shamrock Photo
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