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Write Up - All Ireland & International Championships 2017

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2017-AllIrelandThe All Ireland & International Championships were reinstated by An Comhdhail in 2017. Historically, this competition used to take place annually until it was replaced by the An Comhdhail World Championships for a number of years. In 2016, it was decided that An Comhdhail would run both a World Championships at Easter and the All Ireland & International Championships in June. The All Irelands (for short) is similar in set up as the World Championship but with one main difference - traditional set dances are performed for the 3rd round instead of an open set dance.

In 2017, the championships took place at City West Resort, Staggart in Dublin at the end of June. This was the first time An Comhdhail had run the All Irelands in its updated format and we had 2 dancers flying the Ellis-Parr fly over the course of the championships.

Freddy Beard competed in the U10 Boys Championship on Wednesday 28th June and danced up a storm on stage. His hard work in the lead up to the competition showed with lots of improvements. He was in the top 15 boys in the age group and is getting ever closer to the coveted World and All Irelands medals that we are aiming for. 

Our final dancer to stage to the stage was Jessica Ellis in the Senior Ladies competition. She danced very well and improvements are showing through constantly as she continues to improve strength and fitness since returning to competing at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, Jessica didn't place overall, but we know this is only a matter of time as she continues to improve.

Freddy and Jessica did extremely well at the All Ireland Championships (regardless that the results were not as we would have hoped for them), and what makes this an even bigger achievment is that they did this without the support of Liz, who unfortuatnely wasn't able to attend in person. Knowing that we have dancers that are so well practiced and dedicated to their dancing that they can compete interntationally on their own is a credit to the our dancers and our school. Please join us in congratulating Freddy and Jessica for their brilliant dancing and superb conduct and dedication to their sport!

 

Summer 2017 Break & Workshops Annoucement

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Summer 2017 Term Break

summer17Please make a note of  the following Term dates as we head into the last few weeks of our Summer 2017 Term:

Last Class: Wednesday 12th July

Last Feis: Emerald Championships, 15th & 16th July (Jessica will be in attnedance on both days of the competition to support out dancers as Liz will be on holiday).

Summer Break: 17th July - 29th August

Workshops & Private Classes will be available in August. The details of this will be confirmed in due course.

Autumn/Winter Term commences Wednesday 30th August.

 

Write Up - Trinity Feis 2017

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2017-TrinityFeisThe June half-term brought with it the Trinity Feis in Hayes, hosted by Scoil Rince Trinity. 

Only a small number of Team Ellis-Parr took part in this competition due to some of our dancers being on holiday, but this doesnt mean that our stars did us any less proud than normal!

Our beginners took to the stage on Saturday and came home with even more medals for their collectioons and even some trophies! 

And on Sunday we 4 of our open dancers competing, Freddy in the U10, Orla in the U12, Grace in the U17 and Jessica in the Senior. The results across the board were fab on Sunday in the solos and the championships placements.

Congratulations to all our dancers that took part in the competition over the course of the weekend, especially:

Natalia Wawrzenczak - U10 for winning her first ever trophy
Freddy Beard - U10 Championship Runner Up
Orla Campion - U12 Championship Runner Up
Jessica Ellis - Senior Ladies OVerall Champion & Senior Ladies Traditional Set Champion

Write Up - South of England Championships 2017

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2017-SoEChampsAfter having a short break from classes to recover from the World Championships, the South of England Championships were upon us before we knew it! The competition is hosted by Michelle Steen and the Steen School of Irish Dancing at the end of April/beginning of May.

On the Saturday of the competition, we had a first time feiser take to stage in the U7 beginners, Hayden Johnson. He had only been dancing since February and did incredibly at his first ever feis winning lots of medals! Our other beginning dancing on Saturday all did very well too adding to their medal collections with some great solos places. 

On Sunday, it was the turn of our open dancers to fly the Ellis-Parr flag and again they didn't disappoint with fab dancing and even better team spirit! The overall results for our dancers on day 2 was a little mixed, but sometimes the result just doesn't go your way.

A special mention for our Grace Barry for placing 3rd in the U18 Reel Cup and of course to Hayden for competing at his first ever feis. 

Congratulations to all our dancers that took part in the South of England Championships and thank you to Michelle and her team for once again looking after us so well.

Write Up - World Championships 2017

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2017-WorldsAfter months of hard work and determination it was The World Irish Dancing Championships were finally here. The Championships took place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast from Sunday 9th April until Friday 14th April. So on the 10th anniversary of our Liz winning the CLRG Senior Ladies World Championships, Team Ellis-Parr were headed to Belfast to take part in their first An Comhdhail World Championships.

The Academy had 8 world solo qualifiers (Freddy Beard - U10 Boys, Lola Burke-Sanchez - U10 Girls, Alex Rowsome - U14 Girls, Emily Downey - U16 Girls, Grace Barry - U17 Grils, Lucia Burke Snachez - U18 Ladies, Jessica Ellis & Michaela Green - Senior Ladies) and a Senior Ceili team representing Team Ellis-Parr and the London & Home Counties Branch.  As expected the standard at the World Championships were beyond compare and the atmosphere and venue were truly amazing.

It wasn't all dancing and no play in Belfast though, as we were also able to get the dancers out to see the Titanic Museum and have a lovely meal evening meal together too. 

We couldn't have been prouder of all our dancers taking part in the busy week of competitions. They showed such team spirit by supporting each other throughout the week and their dancing was lovely. Team Ellis-Parr were delighted to bring home 4 World Medals from this years Championships with Jessica and Lucia:

Lucia Burke-Sanchez:
22nd U18 World Overall Championship
8th U18 World Heavy Jig Solo 
3rd U18 World Slip Jig Solo (yes, 3rd!!!!)

Jessica Ellis
8th Senior Ladies World Reel Solo

While not all of the results were as we hoped over the course of the week, each and every Ellis-Parr dancer was a pleasure to watch and the improvements in their dancing was shone through on stage. It is an honour for any dancer to be able to compete at the World Championships and be recognised as some of the best Irish dancers in the World. So regardless of the result, the achievements of our dancers in Belfast were truly amazing and we would like to CONGRATULATE each and every member of the Ellis-Parr Worlds Team 2017!