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Success at the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships!

Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Collage by Moira S.

Collage by Moira S.

It was an amazing and exciting week for NPIDA at the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships in London, England! Congratulations to all 20 of our dancers for representing NPIDA so beautifully! We hope you enjoyed your entire “World’s” experience, including your time sightseeing in London with your families.

Special congratulations to our 5 recall medallists!
Caitlin: 27th in Girls U-12
Jessie: 30th in Girls U-14
Macaela: 44th in Girls U-14
Tomas: 21st in Boys U-15
Mackenzie: 32nd in Ladies U-18

 

Off to London – World Irish Dance Championships!!

Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Our 20 World Qualifiers!

Our 20 World Qualifiers!

Our “World’s Fundraiser” was a huge success! Over 170 people came out to support the 20 NPIDA dancers who have qualified to compete at this year’s World Irish Dance Championships in London, England. This is a record number of NPIDA solo dance competitors to qualify for this event!  The competitions begin April 13 and run through to April 20th.

Sunday April 13 
Girls U-11: Kyla
Girls U-12: Caitlin, Sarah, Sydney and Megan

Monday April 14
Girls U-13: Thea
Girls U-14: Macaela, Jessie, Camryn and Jayne

Tuesday April 15
Girls U-15: Shannon, Anna and Olivia
Boys U-15: Tomas

Wednesday April 16
Girls U-17: Mikaela

Thursday April 17
Ladies U-18: Mackenzie, Catalina and Laurel

Friday April 18
Ladies U-21: Jessica

Saturday April 19
Senior Ladies 21+: Stephanie

Sunday April 20
(No NPIDA dancers competing this day)

Good luck to all of you!

Our Celtic Celebration 2014

Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 for the 15th Annual Year End Performance by the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy! OUR CELTIC CELEBRATION will begin at 4:30 p.m. with our traditional Slideshow: A Year in Review, followed by Class Performances. This year’s show features Shona Le Mottée - fiddling sensation from Lord of the Dance.

Tomas – World Qualifier for 3rd Time!

Posted: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Tomas with his North American Irish Dance Championships Belt  Photo credit: Mackenzie

Tomas with his North American Irish Dance Championships Belt
Photo credit: Mackenzie

Photo credit: Mackenzie

Photo credit: Mackenzie

1st Place at the 2013 Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas Photo credit: Cheryl Galdert

1st Place at the 2013 Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas
Photo credit: Cheryl Galdert

Tomas definitely secured his qualification to compete at the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships in London, England this April. He has done this by winning the U14 Boys’ category at both the North American Irish Dance Championships last July 2013, and at the 2013 Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas last November!
Tomas first qualified for the 2012 World Irish Dance Championships when he placed first in the U12 Boys’ category at the 2011 WCR Oireachtas. At the 2012 Oireachtas, Tomas again won his category to qualify for the 2013 World Championships. We are all so proud of his achievements! Good luck at the “2014 Worlds”, Tomas!

World Championships Fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Collage by Olivia A.

Collage by Olivia A.

Eire Born Irish Dance Society would like to remind all NPIDA families of the upcoming Fundraiser Pub Night on March 29th. This event is specifically in support of NPIDA’s 20 dancers who are heading to London, England in April to compete at the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships!
By Moira

Eire Born – St. Patrick’s Day Media Continues!

Posted: Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
CelticFest - Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy 2014 World Championship Qualifiers on Breakfast TV

CelticFest – Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy 2014 World Championship Qualifiers on Breakfast TV

Photo by Leanne Armstrong

Eight of our dancers who have qualified for the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships in London, England, - Megan, Kyla, Anna, Olivia, Laurel, Camryn, Jayne and Tomas - were featured on Breakfast TV  on Tuesday, March 11.

Here’s a 10:19-minute video clip about CelticFest; Eire Born appears from 2:39 to 5:02.

http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/3327016161001/

Eire Born – St. Patrick’s Day Media

Posted: Friday, March 7th, 2014
Eire Born Photo by Dunia Tozy of Shaw TV

Eire Born Photo by Dunia Tozy of Shaw TV

Eire Born Photo by Dunia Tozy of Shaw TV

Eire Born Photo by Dunia Tozy of Shaw TV

Nora has submitted the following updates regarding recent media about NPIDA, Eire Born and the upcoming Vancouver CelticFest: 1. We had 14 Eire Born dancers attended a fun 2.5 hour video session with a Video Journalist from Shaw TV on Wednesday. It took place at the North Vancouver NPIDA studio and a 2 hour interview session took place after the dance and video session. Our dancers performed 3 Eire Born routines in solo dresses; then Mackenzie, Tomas and I were interviewed about aspects of Irish dancing and how our lives have evolved around Irish dancing. Please watch for this combo story about CelticFest, Eire Born and NPIDA on Shaw TV! It will air TONIGHT (March 7) at 5:00PM and 11:00PM, and TOMORROW (March 8) at 5:00AM, 9:00AM and 1:00PM.
Shaw TV has now posted it on YouTube:

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Eire Born Photo by Cheryl Galdert Published in the North Shore Outlook article about Eire Born

Eire Born Photo by Cheryl Galdert
Published in the North Shore Outlook article about Eire Born

2. Please click HERE for a March 6/14 article about Eire Born in the North/West Vancouver Outlook newspaper. Nora was interviewed for this article earlier this week.

NPIDA – History has been made!

Posted: Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

For the first time in NPIDA history, we have had three sisters achieve 1st place in their respective age categories at the Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas. This year’s Oireachtas, held in Vancouver, B.C. on November 9 -10th, 2013, served to determine which dancers qualify for the National and World Irish Dance Championships! We are so proud of Emma, Caitlin, and Macaela! All three girls have qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships. Caitlin and Macaela are also World Irish Dance Championship qualifiers! (Emma is too young; the youngest age category at Worlds is U10.)

 

Sisters: Emma, Caitlin & Macaela

Sisters: Emma, Caitlin & Macaela

 

2013 Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas NPIDA Results

Posted: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

19 NPIDA Dancers have qualified for the 2014 World Irish Dance Championships in London, England on April 13-20, 2014! All of the dancers listed below have qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships (Nationals) in Montreal on July 2-6, 2014.

2014 World Qualifiers

*2014 World Qualifiers are denoted with an asterisk. Here are the NPIDA Oireachtas results from Friday! (U-8 and U-9 dancers are too young to attend Worlds; the youngest age that can qualify for Worlds is U-10).

U-8 GIRLS (18 competitors)- Sage L: 3rd
U-9 GIRLS (25 competitors)- Emma B-T: 1st, Katelyn D: 4th, Josie S: 8th, Samantha S: 10th
U-10 GIRLS (26 competitors)- *Kyla F: 3rd, Pixie K: 8th
U-11 GIRLS (39 competitors)- *Caitlin B-T: 1st, *Sarah A: 2nd, *Sydney B: 4th, *Megan S: 5th, Jadyn M-T: 9th, Sabine A: 12th, Aishlin H: 14th, Cassidy C: 16th
U-12 GIRLS (41 competitors)- *Thea M: 4th, Morgan G: 15th
Special congratulations to our 6 World Qualifiers!  Kyla, Caitlin, Sarah, Sydney, Megan and Thea

Here are the NPIDA Oireachtas results from Saturday!  *2014 World Qualifiers are denoted with an asterisk.
U-13 GIRLS (51 Competitors) - *Macaela B-T: 1st, *Jessie H: 2nd, *Camryn C: 3rd, *Jayne D: 5th, Olivia B: 16th
U-14 GIRLS (58 competitors) - *Shannon G: 6th, *Anna M: 7th, *Olivia A: 10th, Mary M: 25th, Emma H: 29th
U-14 BOYS (2 competitors) - *Tomas M: 1st
U-15 GIRLS (38 competitors) - Gemma K: 16th, Sophie C: 18th
U-16 GIRLS (45 competitors) - *Mikaela P: 8th, Maria M: 14th
U-17 GIRLS (38 competitors) - *Mackenzie C: 2nd, *Catalina G: 6th, *Laurel S: 8th, Emma B: 16th
U-20 GIRLS (14 competitors) - Jessica H: 7th
20+ LADIES (22 competitors) - *Stephanie M: 9th
Special congratulations to our 13 World Qualifiers! Macaela, Jessie, Camryn, Jayne, Shannon, Anna, Olivia, Tomas, Mikaela, Mackenzie, Catalina, Laurel and Stephanie!

CEILI TEAM RESULTS
U-15 4-HAND (23 teams) - 12th place: Emma H, Gemma K, Thea M and Megan S
15+ 4-HAND (22 teams) - 9th place: Mackenzie C, Camryn C, Emma B and Laurel S
U-15 8-HAND (10 teams) - 4th place: Catharine A, Sophie C, Emma H, Gemma K, Jadyn M-T, Thea M, Rhiannon M and Megan S
15+ 8-HAND (11 teams) - 4th place: Catalina G, Mackenzie C, Camryn C, Emma B, Laurel S, Raven G, Gemma K and Hanna S

Tomas – NPIDA’s First North American Irish Dance Champion!

Posted: Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Tomas McDonald’s shining moment at the North American Irish Dance Championships, July 2013 in Anaheim, California. Tomas is the first Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy dancer to place 1st at these National Championships. We are so proud of you, Tomas! Tomas and Nora appear at 2:14 minutes in this amazing video by JTV Productions.

Here’s the link to JTV Productions’ video on Vimeo.com – “Moments”- The North American Irish Dance Championships 2013:

https://vimeo.com/72855473