Local dancers will compete in Glasgow

By on February 10, 2016

The Hooley School of Irish Dance, Akron, recently announced that three of its top level dancers have qualified to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, March 20-27. These three Open Champion dance students will head overseas to face over 4,000 competitors who have qualified at their regional championships. Competitors come from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, Mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

Open Level Qualified dancers Carter Ishler, 15, a sophomore at Warwick High School; Isabella Carper, 12, a seventh grader at Conestoga Valley; and Olivia Raff, 10, a fifth grade student at Leola Elementary; attended the all North American Championships in July 2015, and qualified for Worlds at the regional Mid Atlantic Oireachtas in November 2015. Each dancer will be required to compete a hard shoe and a soft shoe round, guided by strict Irish Dance Commission rules, and then a non traditional set dance that showcases rhythm, foot work and endurance.

Carter Ishler qualified by placing fifth at regionals. This will be his second trip to the World Championships. Isabella Carper placed 12th at regionals, and qualified for her first World Championships, as did Olivia Raff, who placed 14th.

The school is led by Irish Dance Certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper, who passed the rigorous TCRG exam in 2008. As a member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America, she frequently attends feis and has taken many competitive dancers from Beginner to Championship level in the last six years. The school performs locally in parades, talent showcases, performances, benefits, commercials, and Irish themed celebrations thought the year, and perform with notable musicians in the region.

The mission of Hooley School of Irish Dance is to cultivate character and excellence through a supportive community and learning environment. Irish dance is a journey, and they encourage dancers to be positive and goal-oriented as they take steps and leaps forward focusing on the core values of excellence, grit and integrity. To learn more, visit hooleyirishdance.weebly.com/.

Dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance (left to right) Olivia Raff, Carter Ishler of Lititz, and Isabella Carper, recently qualified to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in March.

Dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance (left to right) Olivia Raff, Carter Ishler of Lititz, and Isabella Carper, recently qualified to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in March.

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