Trinity Shines at the North American Nationals!

We are so proud of our Trinity Team for shining on stage last week at the North American Nationals in Vancouver, BC, Canada!! 46 of our dancers competed at the 50th annual championship, 22 of them making it to the final round of dancing in some of the hardest competition that North America has ever seen.

Our gorgeous U14 ladies representing at the competition!

Held at the Vancouver Convention Center, the 5 days of dancing was surrounded by the stunning views of Vancouver Harbour and historic Stanley Park. While dancers waited between rounds, they were able to take advantage of this gorgeous backdrop for well-deserved photoshoots!

The competition was steep, with over 3,000 dancers from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Australia, that qualified to compete in the championships.

This year's crystal awards that were inspired by the city of Vancouver and awarded to dancers!

Dancers qualify for the North Americans through Regional (Oireachtas) competitions or by competing in the Open Championships level at feiseanna. A very small percentage of dancers worldwide make it to this level of competition, so to simply qualify is a dream for most. Several of our dancers even placed high enough to qualify for the World Championships, a competition so prestigious that only 1% of Irish dancers qualify to compete in!

Sierra McNall, recipient of the Irish Dance Teachers of North America scholarship for Individual Excellence

We are so proud that our dancers were recognized for their dancing, but also for their achievements outside of Irish dance! Our gorgeous Sierra McNall was the Mid America recipient of the Irish Dance Teachers of North America scholarship for Individual Excellence. Placing 13th overall at the Championships, Sierra is a dedicated competitive dancer, as well as a member of the Trinity Irish Dance Company, an academic scholar, and incredible role model for all our younger dancers. This honor recognizes all that she has done to positively impact the Irish dance community in promoting integrity, sportsmanship, and kindness everywhere she goes. We can't wait to see what she will achieve as she begins her journey with Marquette University as a freshman this fall!

Our amazing teacher Michelle McNamara with our dancers Margaret, Morgan, and Cailyn

Overall, the North American Nationals were a huge success for the Trinity Irish Dancers! We are so thankful for our incredible teachers and staff for helping our dancers prepare for this competition. A special thanks to Michelle McNamara and Daniel Fehrenbach for traveling all the way to Vancouver to help coach all the dancers, your words of encouragement and presence were so appreciated by both parents and dancers!

So, how did team Trinity do?!

Twenty-two of our dancers made it through all Three rounds and into the final round!!!!

FIVE dancers Qualified for the World Championships (WQ) of Irish Dancing in Dublin 2020!!

FIVE dancers placed in TOP TEN!!

ELEVEN dancers placed in TOP TWENTY!!

Our U20 dancer, Kendall Woodcock, with teachers Michelle McNamara and Daniel Fehrenbach after placing 5th at the competition!

Xander Janowski 4th

Kendall Woodcock 5th and World Qualifier!

Kelsey Parry 7th and World Qualifier!

Ryan Peter 9th and World Qualifier!

Max Strangber 10th

Zach Ortlieb 11th

Zach Fitzgerald 11th

Sierra McNall 13th and World Qualifier!

Bobby Hoock 13th

Margaret Nalley 18th and World Qualifier!

Luci Stocco 20th

Nieve Howard 22nd

Harper Good 24th

Ellie Gonzales 35th

Reilly Sedlacek 40th

Haley Gross 40th

Audrey Helmke 43rd

Gabby Huminsky 43rd

Maya Fitzgerald 44th

Cailyn Trant 44th

Taylor Griffith 53rd

The following dancers left it all on the dance floor and made huge strides in their training this year! We loved watching you perform and you left us beaming with pride! Some of these dancers were only a few spots away from making the recall. Congrats to all of you on great performances!

Shannon Smith

Mary Claire Michalec

Mady Shannon

Violet Muenzenberger

Aubrey Schleyer

Kate Pratt

Molly Tobin

Ashleigh Walesa

Maggie Sale

Micah Roby

Sarah Ann Huber

Cadence Bruch

Bella Gusentine

Ava Gusentine

Avery Boeldt

Kate Foley

Claire Riley

Caleb Fredrick

James Zavos

Kerregan Reilly

Kate Stranberg

Raegan Walesa

Morgan Moericke

Riley Collins

Megan Clennan

If you see one of these dancers in the hall, at a show, or just in passing give them a hug and a congrats! They deserve it!

Congratulations to all the dancers, teachers, parents, and the TBC for all of your support throughout the year. We are getting geared up for the Sylvan/Shakira Workshop in August and for the new 2019-2020 Season!!!