Three North Shore natives heading to the World Irish Dance Championships in London this spring. The World Championships is considered the Olympics of Irish Dancing drawing over 5000 elite competitors from all over the world including USA, Canada, Australia, Japan as well as Ireland, UK, Scotland, Russia. In previous years, over 30 countries were represented and it is expected that this year will be the biggest ever.
Kristen Anklewicz, sophomore at New Trier, Marissa Recchia 5th grader at Highcrest in Wilmette and Eva McHugh, 4th grader at OLPH in Glenview qualified for the World Championships by all scoring in the top 10 percent of Midwest regional championship which was held over Thanksgiving weekend in Grand Rapids Michigan. All three dance for the Sheila Tully Academy of Irish Dance in Glenview.
Beating out over 130 dancers, with 3 dances in front of 9 judges to achieve a world qualification status, Marissa won the coveted title of Mid-American Champion in her age group. “All my dancers and teams worked so hard for their achievements and I am proud of each and every one of them” says Sheila Tully Driscoll, owner and founder of the Tully Academy
In addition to the three World Qualifiers, The Tully Academy took two first place choreography regional titles with 7 teams in the top five, and 14 National Qualifiers. Sheila’s teams and dancers compete at the regional, national and world level but it is not all competition at the Tully studio.
“These dancers train like athletes but the key is for them to have fun dancing with friends in the studio and at performances” says Sheila. The Tully Academy has a very successful performance program so watch for the Sheila Tully dancers performing on TV and all over Chicagoland during the month of March for St. Patrick’s Day. Sheila’s successful Irish Dance program is available in Chicago, Evanston, Wilmette, Glenview, and Deerfield. Learn more about Tully Academy by visiting www.TullyIrishDancers.com.