Congratulations Class 2019/20!!

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worldparty2019On Sunday 15th September 2019, we had a very special party for Team Ellis-Parr. We decided that we all deserved to come together to celebrate a truly incredible year for our Academy.

Over the past 12 months our class has grown in size, while building a unique community based on inclusivity, respect and support for everyone. We have also worked hard to improve all our dancers from beginners up to our open dancers. The brilliant results we have had are proof that we have managed to achieve on this goal too.

We organised our first Class Feis and this was a huge success. Having a class over 2 locations, our class feis was a brilliant opportunity to have the entire school all under one roof.

At the World Championships 2019, we had 5 dancers attend and we came home with 5 globes. We were all delighted when our Freddy won the world title with a perfect score of '500'! This is the first time a CRDM UK dancer and school have acheived this accolade, which made this all the more special. This was then followed by Jessica & Lucia placing 5th in their respective age groups, Grace placing 6th and Michaela 7th in theirs. This, along with some wonderful memories being made, meant for a truly special weekend in Killarney. 

Throughout the year, our grades dancers have continued to improve and progress through their grades and we now have a gang of mini superstars that take to the stage at every feis with confidence and to have fun. 

Our community and team spirit are second to none...... we regularly have our older dancers attend competitions all day to help with and support our little dancers and our parents are always on hand to help out and for the much needed caffiene run too. All these small things add up to a wonderful atmosphere which makes Ellis-Parr a very special place to be a part of (either at classes or feisanna).


Thank you to each and everyone of you that has made this possible. It takes a village to create what we have here at the Ellis-Parr Academy and we cannot wait to conitue to make more memories with you for many years to come.


Write Up - Kent Championships 2019

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kentchamps19After a long lazy summer, we were kicking off the new feis seasion with the Kent Championships. These Championships are hosted by Louise Coyne and her school, St. John's Irish Dance and the venue was the fabulous Ebbsfleet Academy. 

As you would expect, Team Ellis-Parr were beyond exctied to get back out on stage after the long summer. We had over 20 dancers competing over the 2 days of the championships and they all did fabulously. We couldn't be prouder of our ever growing team of superstars who never fail to impress us or the judges!

Congratulations to all our dancers over the weekend, with a special mention:


FREDDY BEARD, Age 11 Champion
CORAL REILLY, Senior Prelim Champion
LUCIA BURKE-SANCHEZ, 2nd Age 19-21 Championship
MICHAELA GREEN, 2nd Senior Championship
JESSICA ELLIS, 3rd Senior Championship
LEXI BRACEY, 3rd Age 5 Award
AILISH COWLING, 4th Age 11 Prelim Championship
EVE MCCOOKE, 4th Age 12 Award
CORAL REILLY, 4th Senior Championship
LILY REILLY, 5th Age 8 Award



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keep-dancing-its-a-new-termAutumn/Winter Term

Start Date - Monday 2nd September 2019

End Date - Saturday 14th December 2019


Winter/Spring Term

Start Date - Monday 6th January 2020

End Date - Saturday 4th April 2020


Summer Term 

Start Date - Monday 20th April 2020

End Date - Saturday 25th July 2020


Write Up - All Ireland & British Nationals 2019

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AI-BN2019July is always a very busy month in our Irish dancing calendar with 2 majors taking place, the All Ireland Championships and the British National Championships.

The month kicked off with the All Ireland Championships, taking place at City West, Dublin. The All Ireland Champiomships are organised by CRDM and all the teachers in attendance help to make the event a success. We travelling to Ireland with our Freddy who was dancing to defend his title, having won the All Ireland Championships in 2018. 

As always, he was an absolute professional and danced fabulously to retain his title for a second year running. We cannot put into words how proud we are of this young man, especialy given circumstances at the time. Congratulations to our brave young man! 

Just a week later, we were gearing up for the British National Championships 2019, taking place in Kent UK and was organised by CRDM UK (the committee was headed up by none other than our own TC, Liz).

Over the course of the day, our dancers were out in force in both the Championship hall and the Grades halls. We had a huge amount of dancers take part in their first ever prelims, alonng with our opens dancers improving on their placements from the previous year.

Also, the amount of team work from our entire class was astounding! As Liz was heading up the event, it left little to no time for her to be where she would have loved to have been most...... with our dancers, but she didn't need to worry. The whole class came together to support each other and our dancers. To have a school spirit and community like we have at Ellis-Parr is really something special and we have to thank each and every parent and dancer for that. You guys really are the best!

The results from the day were fantastic. All our grades dancers came away with medals and trophies, which were well deserved and a fab way to end the competitive year. And our open dancers didn't disappoint with their results either.


Now is it time to start our summer break and enjoy a well deserved rest! See you in September x

Write Up - London Championships 2019

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londonchamps19March brought with it the London Championships! The competition took place on the 30th & 31st March and is hosted by the Academy ANS.

On the Saturday, all our open dancers took to the stage for their championships. The feis was well attended by dancers from far and wide as this competition was the last chance to step out in new costumes and test out those last minute changes to steps, ahead of the World Championships in Killarney next month. 

Team Ellis-Parr were no exception to this, with both Freddy and Jessica stepping out in new costumes!

On Sunday, it was the turn of our grades dancers to show everyone ehat they were made of and they did no disappoint with some fabulous results. 

Congratulations to all our dancers that took part in the championships and a special mention to:

  • Freddy Beard, Age 11 London Champion 2019
  • Jessica Ellis, Age 22-28 runner up, London Championships 2019
  • Michaela Green, Senior Runner-up, London Championships 2019
  • Jenny Found, runner up, Senior Intermedaite Reel Award, London Championships 2019
  • Ailish Cowling, 4th, Age 11 Intermediate Award, London Championships 2019
  • Cecile Steele-Larmeu, 4th, Age 8 Beginner A Award, London Championships 2019