Hi, my name is Kelsey Parry and I’ve been dancing for 18 years! Born and raised in Connecticut, I competed and trained on the east coast for most of my life until I moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University in 2014. Unfortunately, due to a hip injury, I had to take some time off of competing. Eventually, I had surgery on my right hip last year so I could come back to dance and continue competing. I started my journey with Trinity a few months later, started training for the Oireachtas, and am so excited that my success there has allowed me to continue on to compete internationally!
The All Ireland’s will fall almost exactly one-year post-hip surgery, which is such an important reminder to me that hard work prevails every single time in this sport. To think this time last year, I could hardly walk without pain! Then, in April I will be traveling to Greensboro for my 9th World Championships! I’ve been training so hard to prepare for the All Ireland’s and the Worlds, dancing 3 times a week at class, once at home, and cross training for strength and endurance 3 times a week. It’s a lot of hard work and constant dedication, but it’s all worth it to get on stage and make Trinity proud!
Hi! My name is Luci Stocco and I am 12 years old. I live in Western Springs, IL and started dancing with Trinity when I was 6 years old. I am very excited to be attending my first All Irelands and my 3rd Worlds. My favorite thing about Irish Dancing is the friendships I have developed with my classmates, teammates, teachers, and dancers from other schools. Everyone has been very kind and supportive! I have been working very hard to get ready for these two major competitions by waking up early to exercise, practicing at class and at home, and stretching every night before I go to sleep. I also do my best to eat healthy and drink lots of water. I am looking forward to representing Trinity in Ireland and North Carolina!
Hi, I’m Ryan Peter. I have been dancing for 8 years now, and every year has been more fun than the last. Worlds season for me is always some of the most fun. The training and final days leading up to the competition build the best sense of camaraderie with the other dancers I’ve ever felt. I personally ramp up the training the most at Worlds time (increased stamina and sheer amount of time spent practicing), and to have these people with me working just as hard is just a great feeling. I’m so grateful to be able to compete at the Worlds and to have such a great community to support me and the other World qualifiers.
Hi, my name is Kyra. I’m nine years old, and I’m in third grade. I love to Irish dance and read. My favorite dance is the reel. My favorite books are Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Tuesdays at the Castle series. I also like to do art and play violin. I started Irish dance almost four and a half years ago at Trinity in Palatine. I took a trial class and loved it. Before that I took ballet and tap classes. I’m excited to meet new friends and dance for the first time at All Irelands. To prepare for All Irelands, I work on little parts of my dances working on notes that I get from class and then put it together, I do full runs for stamina, I do drills I learned from class, and I do stretches and exercises I learned from Target Training.
My name is Gabby Panther, I will turn twelve in a few weeks. I have been dancing with Trinity for eight years, since the age of four. I will be attending my second All Ireland Championship in February, and my second World Championship in April. I am excited to go to these events because of the high amount of energy and passion shown by the other dancers.
It makes it an amazing atmosphere to experience. I am also excited to dance against other dancers from all over the world, dancers that I usually don’t get to compete against. I’m excited to show the judges what I have been working on and to present the material that I have been training for the whole season. It’s energizing to get up on the stage in front of so many people. To prepare for Worlds and All Irelands, I have been working extra hard at every class during the week and taking the notes from my teachers and working on them at home. This has helped me prepare more than just in class and gives me extra chances to improve before competitions.
My name is Kylie O'Brien. I am 13 years old and I am in 7th grade at La Salle II in Chicago. I started dancing when I was 6 years old at IAHC. The reason I started Irish Dancing is because my grandma took me to a Trinity Show when I was little, and I knew afterward that this is what I wanted to do. And I haven't stopped since.
I have been to world's 3 times. In 2017, I had the privilege and the honor of dancing solos and dancing on the World Championship Choreography Team in Dublin, Ireland. Last year in Glasgow, was the first time I finally recalled for solos. So, this year I am working harder than ever to make my mark in North Carolina. I am constantly conditioning or dancing every day. I am both excited and nervous to go to Worlds. I think what keeps me strong is that I know I have the best coaches, teammates, family and friends a girl could ever ask for.
Hi, I’m Zach Ortlieb. I’m 14, and I’ve been dancing for 5 years. I’m really excited about meeting new people, traveling to new places, and having fun with my teammates. We’ve been practicing every day for hours to get ready. Because we’ve been together for so much time, we know how to support each other and push each other. I am so excited to see all of us dancing in Greensboro. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of my friends from Ireland and England.
I have been dancing for 6-1/2 years. I started dancing at Trinity’s Palatine studio when I was 4, and now I dance at the Elmhurst studio in the Accelerated Plus class. My favorite parts of dance is training together with my friends. This year is the first year I’m old enough to qualify for Worlds, so it was my goal to be a World Qualifier at the 2018 Oireachtas. I’m excited for my first opportunity to go to Worlds since it’s the most competitive competition I can get to.
To prepare for Worlds, I am practicing almost every day. I also traveled to a feis in Connecticut to practice competing with different competitors. I’m also excited to be traveling to Killarney, Ireland in February for the All-Ireland Championships. It’s my third overseas major.
My name is Haley Gross and I have been dancing for 7 years. I joined Irish Dance after taking a summer school class; I absolutely loved it! I love all aspects of dance - solos, teams, and performance. Dance always puts me in a good mood. This is my first time going to Worlds and I am excited to be able to challenge myself. To prepare for Worlds I have been practicing almost every night of the week and I am focusing on my weaknesses.
My name is Maddie Sliwinski. I have been dancing for almost 10 years. I think it is a huge honor to represent Trinity and the United States at the world championships and cannot wait to travel to Greensboro, North Carolina in April. This is my first time competing at the worlds and I have to admit I’m a bit nervous. My goal is to dance two solid rounds and get a recall the first day. It takes a lot of dedication and I am training hard with the help of my fantastic teachers, Michelle McNamara and Laura Donaldson as well as practicing at home. I thank all the teachers I have had over the years because they all helped me get here!
My name is Zachary Fitzgerald. I started dancing in 2009 when I was 6 years old. My mom decided to sign me (and my younger sister) up for Irish dance since we were already going to the Waukesha, WI studio to wait for our two older sisters. The most exciting thing about competing at Worlds is traveling. I am preparing for Worlds by practicing at home and doing some conditioning. I also like to visualize.
My name is Ryan Chrapla and this is my 12th year dancing. I'm excited to compete and represent the United States as well as Trinity at the world championships again. I'm also excited to meet up with the friends I've made over the years from different countries. I'm preparing for worlds by working out based around cardio and practicing and focusing as much as I can.
Hi! My name is Sierra McNall and I am 18 years old. I have been dancing for 12 years and have loved every second of it! This will be my fifth time traveling to the World Championships, and I cannot wait to experience this incredible opportunity again! I am most excited to dance on the big stage with all the lights, people in the audience, and butterflies in my stomach. Nothing beats the feeling of dancing on that stage! To prepare for this year’s World’s, I practice almost every day, whether it is at the studio or in my basement. I also love to swim and take strength and conditioning classes! I am grateful for this opportunity to travel to World’s again! :)
My name is Reilly Sedlacek and I am 14 years old. I have been dancing with Trinity for over 10 years. I love being a part of Trinity because of all the opportunities, friends, fun, and confidence it gives me! I always love having to push myself and work towards my goals! What I am most excited about for Worlds is to showcase all my hard work and to smile on the big stage! What I am doing to prepare myself for Worlds is stretching and working out every morning before school with Luci Stocco, practicing hard in and out of class, breaking down my steps, getting plenty of rest, picturing myself on the worlds stage in my head and making a vision board! My favorite thing about Irish dance is being able to see the smiles on people’s facing after I perform! I am super excited to conquer the Worlds stage and to be able to look back and enjoy the journey I have worked so hard for!
I am Nieve Howard. I am 11 years old and I dance in Madison and Milwaukee. I have been dancing since I was 4 years old. I am really excited to just be there and have the opportunity to see other dancers from around the world. To prepare for Worlds and All Irelands I want to gain flexibility, so I will stretch every day at home and work really hard on my splits. Thank you, Trinity for training me to be the best dancer I can be, it's going to be so fun dancing in Killarney and Greensboro.
My name is Gracie Peters and I am 15 years old. I started dancing when I was 4 years old at the Grafton, WI location. My cousins danced for years along with my sister, so I couldn’t wait to give it a shot! I am headed to Killarney, Ireland for my first All-Ireland Championships in February and Greensboro, North Carolina in April for my third World Championships. When it comes to major competitions, I am always so excited to get on stage and represent Trinity! It makes me so proud and honored to be a part of the Trinity family. To prepare for the All Ireland’s and World’s, I am practicing every day for at least 2 hours in the studio or at home. I am so excited to get on stage and do my best!
I started dancing 11 years ago at a studio in my home town of Walpole, Massachusetts. I am currently a sophomore at Marquette University and began dancing at Trinity last year when I moved to Milwaukee! I am so excited to be competing in my 5th All Irelands and 7th World Championship this year! It is hard to put my finger on just one thing I am excited about, but I can’t wait to walk out on stage knowing how hard I have worked and leave everything I have on the floor! Leading up to All Irelands and Worlds, I attend class multiple times per week in Milwaukee and practice on my own on days I do not have class. I cross train by attending classes at the Barre Code, my favorite is called "Brawl”, which is a dance oriented kickboxing class!
I started dancing at the Lakeview location right before I turned 7 years old, and I'm 13 now. I'm excited for World's because it is an honor to represent Trinity on the big stage, I get to watch the best dancers in the world compete and perform while I'm there and traveling with my dance friends is fun! What am I doing to prepare for World's? A LOT. I have my regular two classes a week, plus a set class, Target Training for strength and flexibility, daily practice, workouts and stretching at home (plus TPT and ensemble classes).
I am Caleb Fredrick and I take classes at the Milwaukee Third Ward Studio. I am 12 years old and have been dancing since I was 4. This will be my second time competing at the Wirld Championships.
I am most looking forward to taking the stage st Worlds and demonstrating my dance skills and the hard work I've put into improving. I am very excited for the competition. I am preparing for the competition by practicing daily and working on the areas my teachers have pointed out I need to improve on. I am stretching to increase my flexibility.
Bobby Hoock - All Irelands & Worlds