Eastern Canada, like most of the other regions of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, encourages the newest and youngest Irish dancers to participate in the annual regional championships.
In Eastern Canada, these competitions are called Premiere Competitions, and dancers are recommended by their teachers and entered by age group.
Unlike the solo competitions at the champion level which determine World Irish Dancing Championships and North American National Irish Dancing qualifications this is considered an important practice in a competitive Irish dancer's journey from grades to champion.
Often, an Irish dancer's entire family travels to the venue for the regional championships, and welcomes the opportunity for its newer or younger dancers to participate in this prestigious event. Traditional costumes and traditional set dances, such as St. Patrick's Day, Job of Journeywork and Blackbird are performed by three dancers at a time in front of a panel of certified adjudicators.
This year's Eastern Canadian Regional Irish Dancing Championships were held at the Westin in Ottawa. Peter Moran and his team of expert tabulators kindly provided Feis America, North America's favorite Irish dancing magazine, with official results and we are pleased to share the Premiere Competition champions and placements with our readers here on Go Feis! The Irish Dance Blog on Irish Central.
Congratulations to all who placed, especially champions Jacklynn Bowdery, Madison Banting, Eimear Ward, Leah McIver, Amanda Kelly and Madison Sanders!
Eastern Canada Regional Irish Dancing Championship 2011 - Solo Competitions Parade of Champions Friday:
Premiere Competition Under 8 CHAMPION Jacklynn Bowdery from Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh Meghan de Vera Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 2 Emily Berlinghoff Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 3 Jasmine Noone Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 4 Sophia Wood Goggin-Carroll 5 Vivian Yuan Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 6 Maya Crogie Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 7 Monique Wun Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 8 Clare MacKay Goggin-Carroll 9 Carter Darling Reaney 10 Rose Hughes Short School, Ciara Quinn McGinley Academy and Ainsleigh Urkosky Druid Academy 11T Mya Mulder Goggin-Carroll 12 Sarah Paulen Trillium Academy 13
Premiere Competition Under 9 CHAMPION Madison Banting from Butler - Fearon - O'Connor Meagan Foster Corrigan 2 Ciara Mantle Doyle Academy 3 Isabella Boucher Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 4 Teddy Fryer Cornell School of Irish Dance 5 Sarah Pegg Miller School 6 Katerina Bates Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 7 Erin Rendell Kelly School 8 Sara McCaughley Cornell School of Irish Dance 9 ------------------ READ MORE:
Premiere Competition Under 10 CHAMPION Eimear Ward from Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance Brigitte Vlasschaert Doyle Academy 2 Katie Anglin Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 3 Julianne Spence Finnegan School 4 Jane MacGregor Goggin-Carroll 5 Diana Friend Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 6 Sydni Hughes Finnegan School 7 Julia Zwicker Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 8 Grace Baker Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 9 Sonja Cestnik Goggin-Carroll 10 Sarah Durocher Short School 11 Martina Calderone Miller School 12 Lauren Chinn Miller School 13 Brody McLeish Short School 14 Eva Scannell Goggin-Carroll 15 Emily Haebe Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 16
Premiere Competition Under 11 CHAMPION Leah McIver from Butler - Fearon - O'Connor Lizzie Dravis Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 2 Sloane Empke Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 3 Aidan Kenny Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 4 Avery Kavanagh Goggin-Carroll 5 Pige McMillan Goggin-Carroll 6 Erin Wai Trillium Academy 7 Anna Richardson Kelly School 8 Nathalie Brennan Miller School 9 Kaylie Buck Goggin-Carroll 10 Coralee Upton Trillium Academy 1 Sydney Murphy Cornell School of Irish Dance 12 Samantha Kelly Miller School 13 Mary Smith Kelly School 14 Siobhan Oswald Gilchrist-Canavan 14
Premiere Competition Under 13 CHAMPION Amanda Kelly from Miller School Hayley Rochester Miller School 2 Deborah Dravis Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 3 Devin Cosway Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 4 Emma Rose Alie Short School 5 Grace Bowman Butler - Fearon - O'Connor 6 Kimmy Henderson Ardán Academy of Irish Dance 7 Katarina van Nooten Cornell School of Irish Dance 8 Alexandra Wright Corrigan 9 Emma Howitt Cornell School of Irish Dance 10 Haley Vlasschaert Doyle Academy 11 Kristen Calabrese Cornell School of Irish Dance 12 Erin Wilbur Cornell School of Irish Dance 13 Allyssa Woodall Goggin-Carroll 14 Hannah Smit Kelly School 15 Christina Babyan Goggin-Carroll 16 Abby White Ardán Academy of Irish Dance Kortney Barton Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance Brielle Drew Cornell School of Irish Dance 19 Ashley Cahalan Corrigan 20 Sarah Barry Kelly School 21 Vivi Mootoo Greenfire Academy 22 Natalie Doumkos Ni Fhearraigh O'Ceallaigh 23
Premiere Competition 13 & Over CHAMPION Madison Sanders from Gilchrist-Canavan Olivia Ross-Jewel Miller School 2 Clare Coyle Trillium Academy 3 Erin McLachlin Cornell School of Irish Dance 4 Hilary Bell Johnson Dance 5 Riley Alexander Short School 6 Charlotte Marks Trillium Academy 7 Julia Barnwell Short School 8 Tara Coyle Trillium Academy 9 Lisa Veregin Kelly School 10 Catherine Barnwell Short School 11 Lauren McLean Moran Academy 12 Zoe Burgess Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 13 Kristen Gordon Short School 14 Sara Bruce Sue Fay Healy School Of Irish Dance 15 Meghan Bowman Miller School 16 Nicole Couture Moran Academy 17 Kiara Daly Moran Academy 18 ------------------ READ MORE:
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