|Harney Academy Mixed Ceili under 9 team are|
2012 North American Irish Dancing Champions.
Pictured with TCRG Sara Ann McLaughlin Flaherty and Liam Harney TCRG, ADCRG
Photo: Wendy Mullane
After winning thirteen of the twenty-seven New England Regional Irish dancing team championships last November, Harney Academy Irish dancers were expected to shine on the team stages at the North American Irish Dancing Championships in Chicago Thursday. To Harney Academy fans' delight, the school claimed three of the ceili team top prizes: Girls Ceili under 9, Girls Ceili under 13, and Mixed Ceili under 9.
|Gilleóghan Irish Dance 16 & Over Mixed Ceili Team|
are 2012 North American Irish Dancing Champions.
Pictured with TCRGs, ADCRGs Terry Gillan, Philip Owens and Patsy McLoughlin
Photo Sheila Cardell
Also from New England, Gilleóghan Irish Dance of Connecticut won the 16 & Over Mixed Ceili national championship; Harney Academy's 16 & Over Mixed Ceili team placed second.
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The Mid-America team dancers fared well also, with Cashel-Dennehy's ceili teams defending their 2011 North American Irish Dancing Championship titles for both the under 16 and 16 & Over Girls Ceili competitions. Lavin-Cassidy clinched first place for Girls Ceili under 11 and Tim O'Hare's Mixed Ceili under 11 team was at the top of that event's podium. From Chicago, Mullane-Healy-Godley's Girls Choreography under 11 team won the North American Irish Dancing Championship.
Two Mid-Atlantic teams from Broesler and Peter Smith, respectively, won the under 13 and under 16 Mixed Ceili team championships.
|Celtic Steps Choreography Teams won three|
North American Irish Dancing Championships.
Photo Maeve Heitman
From the Western United States, Celtic Steps thrilled the crowds as anticipated with its amazing choreography performances. The teams from Colorado defended all three of their 2011 North American Irish Dancing Championship titles for Choreography under 13, under 16 and 16 & Over.
Watters School of Irish Dance from Florida produced and performed the North American Irish Dancing Champion Dance Drama and the Ladies Adult Ceili team from Toal in Western Canada won its event.
It was an exciting day with thousands of dancers, families, teachers and fans, who all enjoyed the expert live music played by some of the world's finest feis musicians.
Congratulations to all the competitors, especially the champions!
Full results are available here. Check back here on IrishCentral's Irish dance page for more North American Irish Dancing Championship recaps, photos, interviews and results!