World Irish Dancing Championships Sunday "Jig's" John Whitehurst from Carey reclaims title


2012 World Irish Dancing Champion John Whitehurst
with Beth Monaghan - Carey Academy England
Photo: Susan Gaynor

John Whitehurst reclaimed the World Irish Dancing Championship title he won in 2010 Sunday, to the delight of Jig The Film fans and Irish dance enthusiasts everywhere.  The young Irish dancer from Carey Academy in England won hearts and admirers with his story on getting to the 2010 World Irish Dancing Championships.  Under the expert tutelage of 8-time World and All-Ireland Irish Dancing Champion John Carey, ADCRG, and with the support and sacrifices of his loving family, Whitehurst is living the dream of every competitive Irish dancer.

Eye on the prize! 
2012 World Irish Dancing Champion John Whitehurst
with McKenzie Francis Langford Hodgson - Carey Academy
Photo: Susan Gaynor
Whitehurst also holds the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championship title for 2010 and 2011; he did not compete in 2012.  Gerard Byrne, from McNelis-Cunningham in Ireland, was the 2011 World Irish Dancing Champion for Boys 11-12 when Whitehurst placed 2nd.  Byrne is now the 2012 All-Ireland Irish Dancing Champion for Boys 12-13. Whitehurst was also the 2010 North American National Irish Dancing Champion for Boys under 11.

Enjoy this all-star video of the 2010 North American National Parade of Champions which features Patrick Mello from Harney, World and All-Ireland Champion John Whitehurst, Owen Luebbers from Broesler, Macauley Selwood from The Academy, Nathan Dale from Mullane-Healy-O'Brien (now Mullane-Healy-Godley), World and All-Ireland Champion Drew Lovejoy from McGing, World and All-Ireland Champion Joe Bitter from Carey; Lorcan Balfe from Butler-Fearon-O'Connor Eastern Canada and Peter Ryan from Smith-Houlihan.

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