Inishfree New York honors World Champion Paige Turilli - PHOTOS
Steve Turilli, a former police officer and retired firefighter, coaches Paige 3-4 days a week on the technique and execution training she gets from Reagan and Quigley-Carey in dance class. A five-year-old Paige started Irish dancing with Inishfree just a week before the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. As a First Responder with the Fire Department of New York, her father was part of a rescue team which survived the collapse of the Twin Towers. Paige attributes her dad’s life as the gift that enabled her to continue her pursuit of Irish dancing; their close relationship is instrumental to her international successes.
In an interview after the presentation, Paige said, “If it weren’t for my father, I wouldn’t be here celebrating like this today.”
Paige’s immediate goal is to maintain her straight-A academic record, understanding the importance of her grades when it comes time to apply to colleges. She also wants to win the World Irish Dancing Championship and the other major competitions in 2012. Paige looks forward to seeing the friends from around the world she has made through Irish dance over the next few months in Belfast and in Chicago at the North American Irish Dancing Championships.