In competitive Irish Dancing, a dancer's dream is to make it to the World Championships. It's a long journey, involving intense dedication and training, and many years' climb up the competition ladder. In order to qualify for "Worlds," top-level dancers compete in their regional Oireachtas, or Championships in Irish. Earlier this month, the U.S. Southern Region held its Oireachtas in Baltimore, and two local boys brought home top results.
Over 2,300 dancers competed from a region that spans Maryland to Florida to as far west as Texas, showcasing the best talent the region has to offer. In an amazing feat, Luke Pelletier (11) and Jude Pelletier (8) stunned the Region by each earning the title of Southern Region Champion for their age groups. The boys are new to Williamsburg, arriving this summer from Germany, where they started Irish Dancing at ages 6 and 4 respectively at Tir na nOg Irish Dance School. Last year Luke qualified for Worlds from the Mainland Europe region, but he faced a much larger, tougher field of competitors this year. Now training under the Baffa Academy of Irish Dance in Richmond, the boys are rising to new heights.
In April, Luke will represent Baffa Academy and the Southern Region at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. His brother Jude will join him in New Orleans in July as the top Southern Region competitors at the North American Irish Dance Championships. Congratulations to our local celebrities!
(For additional information, please contact Katie or Mike Pelletier at 757-707-4581/4580.)
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