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Western United States Region Irish Dancing Championships Top Five Solo Results

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Parade of Champions Friday Solo Competition Winners
Western U.S. Regional Irish Dancing Championships

The Western United States Region of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America held its regional Irish dancing championships in Anaheim, California November 18-20, 2011.  Twenty adjudicators from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States judged dozens of competitions for solo competitors and teams.  More than 2,000 dancers, teachers and Irish dancing fans from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming flocked to the Hilton Anaheim.  Many families made a vacation of the trip, with its proximity to Walt Disney World. 
Dancers from Butler-Fearon-O'Connor at the Western U.S. Regional Irish Dancing Championships.
Photo: courtesy Olivia Griffin


Thirteen defending champions topped the podium again, with Butler-Fearon-O'Connor sweeping eight regional solo titles, more than any other individual school. Congratulations to everyone who placed, and best wishes to the World Qualifiers and National Qualifiers as you prepare for the Majors in 2012!

TOP FIVE SOLO COMPETITION RESULTS
For Team Results, see our blog post here at Go Feis! The Irish Dance Blog
U8 Girls
1 Deirdre Smith Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
2 Fiona Akazawa Dillon Moore
3 Christina Doolan Wick
4 Maya Coyne Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
5 Molly Kipp Tir Conaill
U8 Boys
1 Niall Finnegan - Healy
2 Colin Clark - Power
3 Eric Jones  - Celtic Steps
U9 Girls
1 Katja Behrens - Celtic Steps  Defending Champion!
2 Katie Boatwright - Tir Conaill
3 Izzzy Taulli - Kelly
4 Allison Greening - Celtic Steps
5 Ava Mourtizen -  Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
U9 Boys
1 Eric Crone - Tir Conaill
2 Lorcan O'Longaigh  - Yeates
3 Aaron Jimenez  - Celtic Steps
3 Zane Emming  - Moriarty-Moffitt
5 Kieran Miraz - Tiernan
U10 Girls
1 Maggie Whibbs - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
2 Siena O'Regan  - Kelly
3 Bridget McMahon  - Comerford
4 Mackenzie Moore-Kosslow - Bracken
5 Molly Shehan - Celtic Steps
U10 Boys
1 Cameron Lambert - Comerford  Defending Champion!
2 Dillon Ecker - Martin Percival
3 Liam Boyd  - Tir Conaill
4 Braeden McDonald - Celtic Steps
5 Liam Kelly - Celtic Gold
U11 Girls
1 Alexis Farnsworth - Acadamh Rince
2 Maggie Fitzgerald  - Claddagh
3 Mary Teresa Diesslin  - Martin Percival
4 Chloe McGovern - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
5 Bella Bravin - Maguire Academy
U11 Boys
1 Joey Rougas - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor  Defending Champion!
2 Logan Porter - O'Connor
3 Aiden Shannon - Celtic Steps
4 Max Tucker - Maguire Academy
5 Tristan Bouchard - Comerford
U12 Girls
1 Maeve Smith  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
2 Renae Marshall  - Wick
3 Maegan Betz -  O'Sullivan Academy
4 Madalyn Wenger  - Celtic Steps
5 Allyson Talpash  - Donna Means
U12 Boys
1 Nate Schutte -  Butler-Fearon-O'Connor  Defending Champion!
2 Thomas Harvey  - Claddagh
3 Dallin Womack  - Scariff
4 Sam Taylor  - Martin Percival
U13 Girls
1 Tess Cruickshank  - Kelly  Defending Champion!
2 Clare Casey  - Whelan-Kennelly Academy
3 Erin Armstrong  - Cleary
4 Sara Heller  - Claddagh
5 Victoria Schull  - Maguire Academy
U13 Boys
1 Christophe Bouchard  - Comerford
2 Josh Garzaniti - Celtic Steps
3 Christian Conaway  - McCartan
4 Ryan Evans - Lyons
5 Ciarin Rule  - Greene-Comerford
U14 Girls
1 Carley Reger * Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
2 Libby Decker + Tir Conaill
3 Meghan O'Connor * Cleary
4 Devin Byrne * Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
5 Devon Olinger + Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
U14 Boys
1 Ian Mannenbach - Yeates
2 Geoffrey Woods  - Comerford
3 Cody Stoelk  - Yeates
4 Liam Critchely  - Tir Conaill
5 Peter Farrell - Maguire Academy
U15 Girls
1 Ann Maire Kenny  - Claddagh  Defending Champion!
2 Amanda Probert  - Claddagh
3 Hannah Labrie-Smith  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
4 Sophie Beirne  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
5 Cristina Curcelli - Comerford
U15 Boys
1 Jake Grey  - Comerford  Defending Champion!
2 Brendan Herridge  - Tara
3 Ryan Lohmeyer - Malone
4 Jeffrey Decker  - Heritage
5 Matthew Peterson  -  Kelly
U16 Girls
1 Kinsey McNevin  - Wick
2 Chelsea Hoy  - Wick
3 Lauren Shinnick - Celtic Steps
4 Sarah Farley  - Celtic Steps
5 Aine McGovern  - Whelan-Kennelly Academy
U16 Boys
1 Sean Weller  - Celtic Steps  Defending Champion!
2 Ryan Sibbald - Rose-Ritchie
U17 Girls
1 Melanie Kane  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor   Defending Champion!
2 Mia Leonelli  - Claddagh
3 Gabrielle Corrigan  - Penk-O'Donnell
4 Emily McNellan  - McTeggart
5 Megan Weber - Healy
U17 Boys
1 Makulumy Alexander-Hills  - Claddagh
2 Brian Perry-Carrera  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
3 Ryan Ostiller  - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
4 Byron Maltez -  Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
5 Hadley Hofreiter - Celtic Steps
U18 Girls
1 Tori Lopez - Comerford
2 Katie Anschuetz - Comerford
3 Katie Shaughnessy - Painter-Larson
4 Erin Hayes - Wick
5 Kaitlyn Guyle - O'Connor
U18 Men
1 Greg Molony  - Martin Percival  Defending Champion!
2 Casey Kelly - Celtic Gold
U19 Ladies
1 Alanna Callaghan - Claddagh  Defending Champion!
2 Kinsey Brimhall - Comerford
3 Emily Macconnell -  Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
4 Annabella Maurera - Wick
5 Ashley Allen - Claddagh
U20 Men
1 James Macsweeney - Whelan-Kennelly
2 Martin Garfield-Levine - McTeggart
2 Justice Odem - McTeggart
U20 Ladies
1 Olivia Griffin - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor  Defending Champion!
2 Sarah Cherry - Tir Conaill
3 Candice Corrigan - Penk-O'Donnell
4 Marcia Speights - Celtic Steps
5 Diana Eales - Aniar
20 & O Ladies
1 Devon Nishida  - Claddagh
2 Jackie Flynn - Healy
3 Tehya Baxter - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor
4 Tasha Straszewski - Painter-Larson
5 Kaleigh Jeffers - Penk-O'Donnell
20 & O Men
1 Blaine Donovan - Celtic Steps  Defending Champion!
2 James Reese - Tir Conaill
3 Joe Poch  - Celtic Steps
4 Marshall Roberts - Power
5 Mark Pottinger - Bennett




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