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A step ahead of the competition

July 30, 2013

Some of The Kelly School's decorated dancers from the July 19-20 competition (l-r): Victoria Cronin, Advanced beginner 2nd place; Tia Galt, Intermediate 2nd place; Hannah Duncan, Advanced beginner 1st place; Julia Ottaviani, Intermediate 2nd place; Catherine Cronin, Intermediate 1st place. Submitted Photo.

COVENTRY— Dancers from The Kelly School of Irish Dance traveled to New Jersey last weekend for their annual national championships and the school found success, bringing home a plethora of awards.

Julie Cronin, a mother actively involved with the dance studio, explained that July 19-20, 50 students from the studio went to compete at The North American Irish Dance Federation’s (NAIDF) national championships at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey.

She explained that students from studios in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania compete for numerous awards.

The Kelly school had students ages six to adult competing in the national championship and many took home awards.

She said of the 50 girls who competed in solo dances from advanced beginner to champion, 11 of them brought home national champions. They also had 12 girls take home second place trophies and seven take home third place trophies.

“We also had 11 teams and three freestyle dances, many of which also won awards,” said Cronin proudly.

One of the biggest accomplishments by the dance studio, however, was having three students qualify for the world championships in 2014.

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