2022 New England Region Oireachtas – a “Champion”ship to remember for Murray Academy!!

Murray Academy’s NERO 2022 Champions

Congratulations to our 96 dancers who participated in the 2022 New England Region Oireactas in Hartford, CT! With 15 dancers in the top 5 of solo competitions, 8 dancers in the top 5 of Traditional Set, 13 teams on the podium and 25 World Qualifiers, this was our strongest showing in our 17-year history as a schooll!  More important than the competitive results, however, was the development and growth of the dancers throughout the course of preparation.  They worked very hard and became stronger and more resilient throughout the Fall.  We are very proud of all of them!  

Special congratulations goes to Brigid O’Connor, who won her 8th Oireachtas championship—what an amazing track record.  We are so proud of her, and all our 1st place winners this year, including

  • U9 Championship—Rowan Wong (x2)
  • U10 Championship—Kelsey Lema
  • U11 Championship—Brielle Maguire (x2)
  • U12 Championship—Abby Hayes
  • U13 Championship—Scarlett Petrarca (x3)
  • U17 Championship—Brigid O’Connor (x8)
  • U9 Traditional Set—Aly Philbrick
  • U12 Girls Ceili Team A—Abby H, Brielle M, Delaney G, Maeve M, Ayla L, Riley H, Rowan W, Ellie C  
  • U15 Girls 6-Hand Team A—Andrea C, Ava K, Katie C, Sarah H, Sela S, Lauren L  
  • U12 Mixed 4-Hand Team A—Sebastian L, Brielle M, Abby H, Delaney G 
  • U15 and over Girls 4-Hand Team C—Brigid O, Elaina N, Tierney F, Charlotte M

What an amazing Oireachtas for the Murray Academy dancers!! We are so proud of each and every one who participated and represented Murray Academy so well, and are excited to see what the new year will bring for each of our dancers!  

Please see the results summary here for all the highlights, including the dancers who are now qualified to compete at the World Championships in Montreal this April

Murray Academy’s Return to 2022 North American Irish Dance Championship in Montreal marked with two champions!!

NAIDC 22 Podium
Murray Academy’s Podium Placers

Congratulations to our 42 dancers who traveled to Montreal to participate in the first North American Championships in three years’ time!  We are incredibly proud of all our dancers, as they worked so hard to prepare and represented us so well. Our 10 new opens/first timers to this level of competition impressed us with their composure, many of whom were only 1-5 places out of recall. Overall, we had amazing results which only comes from teachers, trainers, parents and students all working together towards the same goal—looking and dancing their best on the day!

HUGE congratulations goes to our winners, Brigid (U17B) and Brielle (U11B)—it was thrilling to see each of them take the top of the podium! Special congratulations, also, to our two additional podium placers, Chloe Bosma (U14A) and Ava Krueger (U14B). Overall, we had 8 dancers in the top 10; 13 dancers qualified now for the 2023 World Championships (33%); and 30 dancers recalled (71%). 

To see our complete list of results, click here, and click on post title above to see complete post with photo gallery.

Excellence in Teaching Global Award

In July, our own Anne Murray MacRitchie, TCRG was selected as one of 23 recipients of the 2021 Excellence in Teaching, Global Award given by Irish Dancing Magazine. This award was created to honor extraordinary Irish dance teachers with qualities that reflect a standard of excellence that goes beyond competitive results.  Winners were chosen from hundreds of nomonations by dancers, parents, and industry professionals.

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