Go Feis - The Irish Dance Blogby Kathleen O’Reilly-Wild
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with Sarah Klopp, Feis America LLC intern
by PATRICIA MCNAMARA
Heading to Alberta this weekend for the Mattierin Spring "Feis in the Park" or Little Rock for the Little Rock Feis? Or maybe you’re off to Syracuse for the Bob Gabor CNY Feis, Seattle for the Emerald City Feis or Stuart, Florida for the South Florida Feis. Maybe you’re gearing up for Utah’s Feis SLC, Massachusetts’ Hansen-Keohane School Feis or perhaps Pennsylvania’s Four Provinces Feis.
Heading to San Francisco this weekend for the Golden State Feis or to Wildwood, New Jersey for the Cummins School Feis at the Beach? Or maybe you're going to Ohio for the Buckeye State Feis.
No matter your competitive destination this weekend, we want to share four tunes you should add to your own playlist before lacing up and taking the stage. Best of luck to all competitors and be sure to come back and share your results with us!
Photo: Callum Bridgewater
Jade Bridgewater and Mitchell Hodges had an extra special reason for enjoying the World Irish Dancing Championships this year. The teenagers are competitive Irish dancers in both solo and team events, with impressive records that include Top Five in all the major international events. But spending the whole week together in Belfast, Northern Ireland - in addition to their Top Five placements in the 15-16 events - was the icing on the cake, according to Hodges.
The two have known each other for some time, but it was only on this past New Year's Eve that they started dating. Bridgewater, who has been dancing since age 4 (now with Doherty Academy of Irish Dance Coventry) lives in Birmingham, England. Hodges, whose home is in Bristol, England commutes about two hours each way to Birmingham, where he practices with Carey Academy of Irish Dance. He started dancing at five years old because his older siblings did.
Photo courtesy Kiely-Walsh
The team competitions at the World Irish Dancing Championships held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, were truly world-class! With lively music worthy of this level of Irish dancing and an international panel of adjudicators, the audience of thousands were treated to the very best ceili teams from Australia, Ireland, The Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Photo Steph School
Simone Adele Loysen, the 2011 Southern Region Irish Dancing Champion for Girls under 9, has an awful lot to be proud of. A first-time competitor at the recent All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin, Ireland, Simone placed 23rd! She also managed to bring home some sage advice to share with Irish dancers from the Culkin School of Irish Dance in Maryland.
Photo: Steph Schor
Little did she know, her "Irish Dancer's Oath" which she made to help her commit to what she believes it takes to succeed, would make it's way to Irish dancers around the world through Feis America LLC's media feed.
Photo Janine Taggart
Sinead Carson and Niamh Taylor from Doherty in Ireland defended their World Irish Dancing Championship titles - and it was not the first time for either of these amazing Irish dancers, who also hold multiple consecutive All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championship titles, including 2012.
Photo: Mackenzie Goggin-Wade
Michaela Hinds, who dances with the Butler-Fearon-O'Connor School of Irish Dance in Eastern Canada won the 2012 World Irish Dancing Championship for Girls 16-17 Wednesday with a perfect score of 800. Hinds now holds the distinction of being the only North American to have won four consecutive World Irish Dancing Championship titles.
Photo: MacKenzie Goggin-Wade
Photo courtesy On The Feis