WRITE UP - Kent Regional Feis 2018

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CaptureOctober brought Autumn with it, along with the Kent Regional Feis on 20th October at Haberdashers Askes Crayford Academy. The Kent Regional Feis is hosted by the Aimee-Leigh Academy and they certainly looked after us very well.

Once again the standard of dancing throughout the day was very high, and those representing Team Ellis-Parr did not disappoint. After a few weeks of step changes and hard work, they put the new material to the test and reaped the rewards. It was great to see the new steps danced on stage and to see the changes working well in the competitions.

Congratulations to all our dancers the took part in competitions, especially:

Freddy Beard - 1st, Age 11 Open Trophy Reel
Freddy Beard - 1st, Age 10 Open Championship
Lexi Miranda - 1st, Age 10 Beginner A Hornpipe
Jessica Ellis - 2nd, Senior Open Championship
Lucia Burke-Sanchez - 3rd Age 19-21 Open Championship
Michaela Green - 4th, Senior Open Trophy Reel
Michaela Green - 4th, Senior Open Championship
Jessica Ellis - 5th Senior Open Trophy Reel

Thank you to Aimee, Coral and everyone at the Aimee-Leigh Academy for a brilliant feis - we can't wait to see you all again next year!

WRITE UP - Kent Championships 2018

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KentChamps2018After having a long, hot and relaxing Summer, we were back to what we do best in September, with the Kent Championships 2018. The competition is hosted by Louise Coyne and her school, St. John's Irish Dancers. The venue for the championships was Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent.

The championships certainly kicked off our new dancing season with a bang, having a huge entry from our friends across the pond in Ireland and the standard of dancing was second to none. 

Team Ellis-Parr had dancers take part in competitions from beginners to our Open dancers. Our open dancers were competing in the competition as part of their qualification process for the World Championships 2019 in Killarney. We were delighted with all our dancers that took part in over the weekend for their fabulous dancing, team spirit and sportsmanship. 

Once again, their hard work showed in the results and we would like to congratulate all our dancers:

Freddy Beard - 1st, Age 10 Open Championship
Ania Vasylenko - 1st, Age 10 Beginner B Trophy Reel
Lucia Burke-Sanchez - 3rd, Senior Open Championship
Jessica Ellis - 4th, Senior Open Championship
Michaela Green - 6th, Senior Open Championship.


In the Rince.....

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In recent months, our very own Jessica Ellis and Freddy Beard have appeared in the new open platform Irish dance magazine, Rince. 

Jessica was featured in the June/July issue of the magazine with an artilce which focused n her return to dancing after having to take a considerable amount of time off through injury. Her injury was so severe that she eventaully needed an operation to correct the problem and in the artice she talks in depth about her diagnosis, route to recovery and how she got back dancing and competing again.

A little picure of the double page spread is below:






The following issue of Rince (Sept/Oct) featured our little gent, Freddy Beard. The editor pick pictured Freddy in his All Ireland Champion t-shirt which was made by Little Miss Gem & Sew and the picture used in the magazine was also featured on Little Miss Gem & Sew's social media feeds too!

Rince was launched in April 2018 by Erin Foley-Coyle. Erin is a former dancer with the Ellis-Parr Irish Dance Academy. She competed with us for a number of years and was highly successful at Prelim Championship level. She made the decision to move to Open Platform a number of years ago and hasn't looked back since. She continues to compete at OP feisanna and consistently places well. She has recently opened her own dancing shool and now launched Rince magazine! We are incredible proud of her acheivements and know she will go from strength to strength with whatever she takes on next! 

Go to the Rince Website if you would like to subscribe to the magazine, by clicking here. And to keep up to date with everything OP Irish dancing, be sure to give Rince a 'like' on Facebook too!



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Summer2018Summer Holiday Dates

The Summer holiday for the Ellis-Parr Irish Dance Academy will commence on Monday 16th July 2018 and continue until Friday 31st August 2018.

Autumn/Winter Term Dates

The Autumn/Winter Term dates are as follows: 

FIRST CLASS - Saturday 3rd September
LAST CLASS - Saturday 15th December


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AI-BNs2018July is a very busy month on the CRDM dancing calendar with 2 of the 3 Majors taking place within a week of each. The All Ireland Championships 2018 took place in Dublin at the start of July with the British Nationals 2018 taking place in Kent just a week later. 

All our dancers, from beginners to open, had been working round the clock to ensure they were the best they could be for these competitions and to ensure Team Ellis-Parr finished the summer term in style!

First up, was our Freddy as he travelled to the All Ireland Championships to fly the EP flag. He was our only competitor at the All Ireland's this year, but we will definately have more of Team EP attending the Championships in 2019! 

Our day in Dublin was a complete whirlwind, with Liz flying out and back from Dublin in the same day to support our little gent. The standard in the Boys Age 10 - 13 Championship was very high and our Freddy did not disapoint with 3 brilliant rounds. After a short break with just enough time for a cup of tea, the results were due out. As the results were called (very fastly we will add) it was announced that..........

'The Age 10 - 13 Boys All Ireland Champion for 2018 is Freddy Beard'!

And what made this result even more special was that our little man won this amazing title with a perfect score of 500!

We couldn't be prouder of him for this acheivement. And we can't wait to see what the future has in store for our talented little dude! 

After what felt like a minute, but was in fact a week, we were headed to Kent for the British National Championships 2018. This competition was the last of the feis calendar before the summer break and the close of the championship marked the start of our break after a long summer term!

The excitement of the dancers for this competition was second to none and they all performed to their full potential. Again the standard of the competition was high acorss the board, from the beginner grades to the open championships.

We were once again delighted to see that all the hard work of our dancers paid off when it came to the results. A special mention to: 

Aina Vasylenko - 1st, Age 10 Beginner A Trophy Reel
Quinn Steele-Larmeu - 3rd, Age 5 Beginner A Trophy Reel
Jessica Ellis - 3rd, Senior Open Championship
Lucia Burke-Sanchez - 4th, Age 20 Open Championship
Michaela Green - 4th, Senior Open Championship
Cecile Steele-Larmeu - 5th, Beginner A Trophy Reel
Grace Barry - 9th, Age 20 Open Championship

Thank you to the orgnaisor of the All Ireland Championships and British Nationals for putting on 2 fabulous events. We can't wait to see you all again next year!