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Summer Camps and Workshops 2015

Posted: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Come join the fun!

July and September Workshops are also being offered this summer!

Full and half-day camp options that include Irish dance, karate, art, rock climbing, daily snack, and other indoor and outdoor activities! Nora, Courtney, Aisling and NPIDA Assistant Instructors will be teaching our 2015 summer camps.

NPIDA Summer Camps & Workshops 2015 – Registration Form

Pickett Pride at 2015 North American Championships

Posted: Monday, July 13th, 2015

It was quite a week for NPIDA at the 2015 North American Championships in Providence Rhode Island! (July 1 – July 5, 2015)

– 32 dancers competing in 12 age groups
– 17 recallers (placed in the top 50% of their age group)
– 15 dancers who danced beautifully but did not recall
– Eight qualifiers for the 2016 World Championships
– Five Top 10 finishes
– Two Top 5 finishes
NPIDA Recallers at the 2015 North American Championships
Top: Sage, Emma, Samantha, Kyla, Mckenna and Caitlin
Middle: Sarah, Camryn, Jessie, Jayne, Shannon, Anna
Bottom: Olivia, Sophie, Mikaela, Mackenzie and Stephanie

RESULTS SUMMARY:
U-9A: Sage 9th
U-11B: Emma 3rd, Samantha 34th
U-12B: Kyla 20th, Mckenna 35th
U-13A: Caitlin 4th, Sarah 9th
U-15A: Camryn 17th
U-15B: Jessie 13th, Jayne 17th
U-16A: Shannon 35th, Anna 46th
U-16B: Olivia 64th
U-17B: Sophie 44th
U-18A: Mikaela 23rd
U-19A: Mackenzie 6th
20+: Stephanie 18th

NPIDA Qualifiers for the 2016 World Championships
Top: Emma, Caitlin, Sarah and Camryn
Bottom: Jessie, Jayne, Mackenzie and Stephanie

Special congratulations to our eight dancers who qualified for the 2016 World Championships! Emma, Caitlin, Sarah, Camryn, Jessie, Jayne, Mackenzie and Stephanie. Worlds will take place in Glasgow, Scotland during the week of Easter 2016.

We also congratulate the following 15 talented and hard-working dancers who competed in Providence but did not recall. We are truly very proud of you – congratulations for representing NPIDA and Western Canada so beautifully!:

Avery (U-9), Holly (U-10), Leila (U-11), Katelyn (U-11), Eloise (U-12), Emmet (U-12), Megan (U-13), Jadyn (U-13), Yuka (U-13), Thea(U-14), Morgan (U-14), Kassidy (U-15), Mary (U-16), Catharine (U-16), and Raven (U-17).

Written by Moira S.

2015 Our Celtic Celebration

Posted: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

“Our Celtic Celebration” – Sunday, May 3, 2015 marks the 16th Annual Year End Performance of the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy Ltd. These talented dancers range from Beginner to World Championship level! Join us at the Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts in West Vancouver for a wonderful evening of Irish music and dance! Special Guests: The North Shore Celtic Ensemble, and Shona Le Mottée & Tim Readman.

Pickett Pride at the 2014 WCR Oireachtas

Posted: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
1st Place Champions!  Sage, Caitlin, Macaela & Mackenzie

1st Place Champions!
Sage, Caitlin, Macaela & Mackenzie

Congratulations to all of our NPIDA dancers! We are so proud of you! Special congratulations to all the recallers, who have all qualified for the 2015 North American Championships, and to our sixteen 2015 World Championships Qualifiers: Emma B-T, Kyla, Emmet, Caitlin, Sarah, Sydney, Thea, Macaela, Jessie, Jayne, Camryn, Olivia, Mikaela, Mackenzie, Stephanie and Jessica!
(U-10 is the youngest age group that can qualify for Worlds; U-8 and U-9 do not compete at Worlds).

Registration Open for 2014-2015!

Posted: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Have you ever thought it would be fun to try Irish Dancing? Registration is now open. Come join one of the largest Irish Dance Academies in the Vancouver Lower Mainland! The Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy offers recreational, competitive and performance dance classes for boys and girls aged 4 to adult. Nora’s dance classes inspire and nurture each dancer’s ability while building a strong and inclusive community.

Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy offers two locations:

North Vancouver: 105 Bowser Ave., V7P 3H1
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
NPIDA North Vancouver Registration Form 2014-2015
New! – Top Karate classes with Nicole Poirier are also offered this year for students aged 4+ at the same location.

Richmond: The Richmond Sports & Fitness Club, #150 – 2251 No.5 Rd., V6X 2S8
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
NPIDA Richmond Registration 2014-2015 (Revised Nov. 24th)

2014 NPIDA Summer Camps

Posted: Monday, June 16th, 2014

New this year: Full and half-day camp options that include Irish dance, karate, and other indoor and outdoor activities! Nora, Aisling and NPIDA Assistant Instructors will be teaching our 2014 summer camps. Sensei Nicole P. of Top Karate will be teaching karate at NPIDA beginning in August.

The selection of 2014 summer camps at NPIDA includes:

JULY  CAMPS  (All levels)

Great preparation for the Seattle Dance For Life Feis (July 19th & 20th)
– North Vancouver: Monday, July 14th and Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at the NPIDA Studio, 105 Bowser Ave., N.Van.
– Richmond: Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at The Richmond Sports & Fitness Club, #150 – 2251 No.5 Rd., Richmond

AUGUST CAMPS (All levels)

Irish/Karate Adventure Camp #1 (5 Days – Full Day)
– North Vancouver: August 11-15th

Irish/Karate Adventure Camp #2 (5 Days – Half Day)
– North Vancouver: August 11-15th

Irish Dance Camp #3 (5 Days – Partial Days)
– Richmond: August 5-8th
– North Vancouver: August 11-15th

Karate Camp #4 (5 Days – Partial Days)
For Ages 5-12
– North Vancouver: August 11-15th

2014 NPIDA Summer Camp Registration Form (revised July 21, 2014)

Come and join the fun!

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!