Write Up - Midlands Regional Feis 2019

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LeicesterFeis19After a long and relaxing break from classes for Christmas and New Year, Team Ellis-Parr were excited to kick off the new feising season in January. The Midlands Regional Feis was held on 19th January in Leicester and was hosted by the Shaun Burden School of Irish Dancing.

We couldn't have asked for a better feis to be the first competition of 2019 with its huge entry and lovely prizes that were second to none! 

Team Ellis-Parr had 3 of our superstars attend the competition and their beautiful dancing was rewarded with some brilliant results.

Please join us in congratulating our dancers:

Quinn Steele Larmeu - Age 5 Trophy Reel Winner
Freddy Beard - Age 11 Trophy Reel Winner & Runner-Up, Age 11 Championship
Cecile Steele-Larmeu - 3rd place, Age 8 Trophy Reel

Huge thanks goes to Shaun Burden and his school for welcoming us to Leicester and looking after us so well - we can't wait until next year's event.

For now though, the countdown starts all over again as the next Feis is only a few weeks away!

End of Year Christmas Celebrations

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EoY Xmas PartyOn the last class of 2018, we decided that we would celebrate the achievements of all our dancers throughout the year. 

2018 was a year full of hard work and it certainly paid off, as we saw dancers master new steps, compete at first feises, move up in grades and place on the podium. We were even lucky enough to have the hard work of the class rewarded with championship wins and our first ever All Ireland Champion.

With such a wonderful list of achievements in just 12 month, we couldn't end the year without celebrating.....

So, on Saturday 15th December we had a festive party with drinks and treats supplied by our parents and entertainment from our dancers for everyone. We played games and even had face painting to get everyone in the festive mood. 

Congratulations to everyone for making 2018 a truely special year for our Academy.

Enjoy the Christmas Break and we look forward to getting back to it in the new year to make 2019 even better!

From everyone at the Ellis-Parr Irish Dance Academy, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Write Up - Christmas Feis 2018

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xmasfeis2018December arrived bringing with it, the CRDM UK Christmas Feis and lots of festive cheer.

Our fabulous dancers were out flying the flag at the last feis of the year and as always they did not disappoint. They put of a show of some fabulous dancing and it turned out to be one of the most successful feis's to date for the Ellis-Parr Irish Dance Academy.

All our dancers came away with medals and trophies and some very special selections boxes too! But the icing on the cake, was that we had 3 Open Champions at this feis (2 of which was their first Championship wins). Lets hope this is a sign of things to come in the new year!

Congratulations to all our dancers that took part in the feis, especially our Christmas Champions!

Freddy Beard, Age 11 Open Champion
Lucia Burke-Sanchez, Age 21 Open Champion
Michaela Green, Senior Open Champion


Write up - Leinsters 2018

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Leinsters2018We were very excited to head to Dublin at the beginning of November for our first ever CRDM Leinster Championships. The competition is hosted by the Doyle-Hapin School of Irish Dancing and took place at the Bonnington Hotel over the course of 3 days. The Leinster Championships is a huge event with over 800 dancers taking part in the competition.

We had 3 of our EP ladies flying the Ellis-Parr flag over the weekend. Lucia in the Age 19 Championships on the Friday evening and then Grace (Age 18) and Jessica (Senior) having their championships on the Saturday. All our girls danced beautifully and we had 100% podium placements. 

Congratulations on your brilliant results:

  • Jessica Ellis - 4th place, Senior Mixed Championship
  • Grace Barry - 5th place, Age 18 Championship
  • Lucia Burke-Sanchez - 5th place, Age 19 Championship

But our weekend in Dublin was not only about the dancing! After all the competitions were completed on Saturday, we spent a lovely evening socialising with our fellow UK teachers and dancers. While it made for a very tired EP gang on our 6am flight home, the memories made were more than worth it!

Bring on Leinsters 2019!

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!