Local dancers to compete in Ireland

By on January 4, 2017
Six students from the Hooley School of Irish Dance have qualified to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships in Dublin, Ireland, in April. They are (left to right) Faith Ishler, Isabella Carper, Olivia Raff, David Irwin, Thomas Lane, and Carter Ishler.

Six students from the Hooley School of Irish Dance have qualified to compete in the Irish Dance
World Championships in Dublin, Ireland, in April. They are (left to right) Faith Ishler, Isabella Carper,
Olivia Raff, David Irwin, Thomas Lane, and Carter Ishler.

Six local performers, including a Warwick High School junior, have qualified to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships in Dublin, Ireland, April 9-16.

They are all students in the Hooley School of Irish Dance, which has a studio in Brownstown.

These six Open Champion dance students will head overseas in the spring to face over 4,000 competitors who have qualified at their regional championships. Competitors come from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

Local dancers Carter Ishler, 16, a junior at Warwick High School; Faith Ishler, 19, a freshman at Lebanon Valley College; and Isabella Carper, 13, eighth grader at Conestoga Valley; qualified at the North American Championships in July 2016. Olivia Raff, 11, a sixth-grade student at Leola Elementary; David Irwin, 12, sixth grader at Lancaster County Christian School; and Thomas Lane, 16, a junior at Hershey High School, qualified for the World Championships at the regional Mid Atlantic Oireachtas in November, held in Philadelphia.

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.

The Hooley studio is led by Irish dance certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper, who passed the rigorous TCRG exam in 2008; and Angelina Press, who became a certified TCRG in 2015.

To learn more, email Crystal Glick at crystal@hooleyirishdance.com or call 271-8611.

 

Hooley director now qualified to judge

Crystal Glick Carper, Lititz, director of the Hooley School of Irish Dance, has passed her ADCRG exams on her first attempt.

ADCRG is short for the Gaelic term “Ard Diploma Coimisiuin le Rinci Gaelacha, translated “Commission Certified Irish Dance Adjudicator.” As a qualified ADCRG, Carper can now judge Irish dance competitions of all levels, including the World Championships.

Carper traveled to Chicago in August to take the exam, a week-long event covering a career’s worth of study material. A panel of three examiners tests the candidates throughout the week with a written exam, music exam, math exam, dancing performance, mock-competition judging, and a final interview.

It is estimated that less than five percent of candidates pass the exam on their first try. The Chicago exam statistics for this year have not been released yet, but at last year’s exam only one of 12 candidates passed. Carper is honored to be included among the few candidates who have passed on their first attempt. Carper is the only dance instructor in Lancaster County to have earned her ADCRG.

Crystal Carper

Crystal Carper

In August just before taking her exam, Carper opened a newly constructed Hooley Irish Dance Studio at 1 S. State St., Brownstown. In September, she hosted an Irish Dance competition in Lancaster County for over 800 competitors, the Hooley Red Rose Feis, at Calvary Church. In November, she was awarded Top Forty Under 40 by Central Pennsylvania’s Business Journal.

“I teach my dancers that any goal is possible if they work hard, make realistic preparations, and believe in themselves,” Carper says. “Passing my exam encouraged me to remember that these principles are always true in our lives. I’m so thankful for the values that Irish dance has embedded in me.”

Carper will receive her ADCRG certificate during a special ceremony at the World Championships in Dublin, Ireland, on April 15. She is proud to be attending with her husband, Matt Carper; sister and co-instructor Angelina Glick Press; and six of her dancers who qualified for the 2017 World Championships — Isabella Carper, Olivia Raff, Faith Ishler, Carter Ishler, Tommy Lane, and David Irwin.

To learn more, visit hooleyirishdance.com, or call 271-8611.

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