Back with a Bang!! Murray Academy finishes strong at 2021 US National Irish Dance Championships! – Phoenix, AZ

This long anticipated event did not disappoint for the championship dancers of Murray Academy. The US National Irish Dance Championships was the first major event in which they could participate since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, and they danced without missing a beat. We are proud of all our amazing dancers who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and who took the stage with great confidence and skill!

The hard work resulted in many personal bests and an amazing record overall for our school.  91% of our Open champions earned a recall medal, while 48% qualified for the World Championships to be held in Belfast, Ireland in March 2022—our highest percentages at a national level ever.  We also are proud to report that 18% of our Open Champions were in the top 5; 39% were in the top 10; and 61% were in the top 20 out of competitions with 100-140 dancers. We also had 6 of our 8 prelim dancers recall in the prelim competition, 2 of whom were in the top 5 of the prelim results!  Congratulations to these dancers on their placements and to all our dancers on the Nationals team—you’ve made us SO proud! 

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Murray Academy Shines At 2019 New England Oireachtas! – Hartford, CT

Here is the news from the 2019 Regional Championships in Hartford that 89 of our dancers attended.  We are SO proud of all our amazing dancers who took the stage with great confidence and skill! Congratulations to each and every dancer who represented the Murray Academy!

We are especially proud to have qualified 20 girls to dance at the World Championships in Dublin next April.  Of our  56 soloists who competed, we recalled 79%, had 43% in top 10, and had 36% qualify for Dublin—amazing!  And of our 32 traditional set dancers, we had 72% receive an award, 25% were in the top 5, and 41% in the top 10.  For ceili teams, we had 8 teams in the top 5 and had a 73% recall rate. All the results represent between a 2 and 21% improvement over last year.  Way to go team Murray! So very proud!!  

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Great success at 2019 North American Irish Dance Championship in Vancouver.

Murray Academy’s Top 10 placers

Congratulations to all 39 soloists who worked hard and represented our school so well in Vancouver!  Special recognition goes to our two podium-placers, Brigid O’Connor, 2nd in Girls U14A and Brielle Maguire, 3rd in Gilrs U8.

We are very proud of our results and of all of our dancers! Excitement is building as we head into the New England Oireachtas this fall, working hard to add to our 12 World Qualifiers, and then on to Dublin, Ireland for the 2020 World Championships!

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

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