On a wet winter weekend in December, Amsterdam Schiphol came alive to the sound of taps and beats, as the best Irish dancers in Europe and Asia gathered to compete in the Mainland European and Asian Irish Dance Championships. We could not have asked for more to have this wonderful event on our own door-step. For the Kilkenny Dancers, this certainly proved to be a ‘Home Game’, as the results include two European Champions, two European Trophy Winners and seven World qualifiers!
Seven World Qualifiers:
- Esther van der Burg has prolongated her title of European Champion ‘Senior Ladies over 22’
- Sandun Verschoor placed 2nd in the category ‘Senior Men over 22’
- Kyra Kyle came 2nd in the category ‘Ladies Under 19″
- Bradley Buijs placed 2nd in the category ‘Under 15 Boys’
- Jessica Morris came 4th in the category ‘Under 13 Girls’
- Cillian McCann came 2nd in the category ‘Under 12 Boys’
- Sorcha Hogan is now European Champion ‘Under 10 Girls’
European Trophy Competitions:
- Orla Buijs placed 2nd in the European Trophy Under 18
- Cliodhna Harkin: 1st place in European Trophy Under 12
- Rosa Waters: 1st place in European Trophy Under 10
Ineke Uitterhoeve placed 2nd in the adult championship under 35.
It was also a fantastic first-outing for the Kilkenny team-dancers, who won medal after medal for their 8-, 4-, and 2-hand reels.
All in all, it was a perfect end to the year for all the dancers and a reflection of all their hard work and determination.
The parade of champions can be seen here