During the school holidays, our dancers packed their suitcases and headed off to South Australia for the Australian Irish Dancing Championships held at Adelaide Showground. This year in particular was very memorable as we were celebrating 50 years of the Australian Irish Dancing Association and our very own Miss Jan being a founding member.
The week began with the opening ceremony which involved each state performing a piece relevant to each decade of the 50 years of AIDA. Two students from every dance school in NSW took part in the recreation of the dance drama ‘Molly” which was created by Miss Jan in the 80’s and won the dance drama section at a national level which no longer exists in Australia. Both Genevieve and Alannah participated in the item and did extremely well after many weeks of rehearsals.
Congratulations to Thomas who was our only national solo dancer this year who has overcome injury to receive 5th place in the Senior Boys 16 years.
After lots of dedication, time and practice our 4 pairs of sisters were ready to compete in the U18 four hand, Open 4 hand, Open 8 hand, Own choreography 4 hand and the Senior figure. They danced wonderfully and should be very proud of themselves and each-other. A very big thank you to the parents who have given up so much of their time to drive their children to dance class and competitions during this very busy time of the year.
A massive thank you to our wonderful Miss Jan who has helped all of our students be the dancers they are today. With her guidance and support our dancers are able to experience great opportunities like this and make memories that will last a lifetime.
It has been five years since the dance family was last in Adelaide for nationals, so we decided to recreate some photos from 2012!
The week concluded with the Ceili which always involves everyone celebrating the end of another nationals by getting up on the dance floor and dancing the night away! All parents, dancers and teachers had a fantastic night and made many wonderful memories with our friends and family which will last a lifetime.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this years nationals a good one!