On the 3rd of November our senior Kilkenny dancers performed at the benefit Lions Club function in Rijswijk, where they also met the Irish Ambassador to the Netherlands Kevin Kelly who also is a dab hand at pointing the toe.
Irish Dance workshops will be given as part of the Enchantment (De Betovering), the international children’s art festival taking place during the autumn break. Please check the programme at www.debetovering.nl and register for one of the Irish Dance workshops (on 24 or 25 October 2018) below
It was a happy moment for the Kilkenny School of Irish Dance when our very own Esther van der Burg became the first woman in ‘Mainland Europe and Asia’ to become a World Irish Dance medalist. When Esther took to the floor in Glasgow in the category ladies 21-23 years, she wow-ed the judges, just as she has been wow-ing us here in Netherlands for many years.
But there is more great news from Glasgow – not just one World medalist, but two! Fellow Kilkenny dancer, Sandun Verschoor danced his way to the finals of the mens over 22 years.
Esther is now 13th best dancer in the entire world and Sandun is 7th.
Their teachers, fellow dancers and Kilkenny friends could not be prouder.
We’ll have to keep a close eye on those Kilkenny world qualifiers following in their footsteps – Jessica, Bradley, Mia, Amy and Kyra.
Saturday 18th November the annual International FOOD FAIR 2017 was held at the François Vatelschool.
Our school was very happy to be able to perform during this event, the crowd and the dancers enjoyed the occasion.
In the weekend from 3rd to 5th November, the 12th Mainland European Irish Dancing Championships was held.
The successful event, organised by the ISTA School Poland started on Friday 3th of November, with the opening ceremony, during which a number of the schools from Europe, Asia and the Middle East showcased their talents.
On Saturday and Sunday, it was competition time, with the European Championships and the European Trophy.
Saturday was an early start (8am) for the under 7s, 8s and 9s.
Rosa Waters taking part in her first ever Championship came 8th in the under 8s category, she did herself and the school proud.
Next up on the program was the first of the Qualifying Championship, for the age groups under 10 to under 15.
In a very tough competition Jessica Morris ended up 6th, just missing a qualification medal for the age group 11 -12.
As often is the case at Irish Dance competitions the times in the schedule are not always
On Sunday September 3rd the Cultural Season opened in The Hague with the UIT Festival.
At 16:30 our dancers performed on the Cultuuranker podium.
It was a wonderful performance, if you missed it you can check some highlights below
As part of the Art and Fashion weekend on the Noordeinde, three of our dancers performed outside the O’Casey’s pub in The Hague.
Making for a very busy weekend of performance in The Hague
Dear teachers, dancers and parents.
It is with utmost pleasure that we invite you to our annual Kilkenny Feis ( Irish Dancing Competition) in the Adelbert College Auditorium, Wassenaar, The Netherlands 23rd and 24th Sept 2017. It’s a great opportunity to start the new dance year by trying out new steps in a friendly competitive manner.
Building on the success of last year we will also offer competitions in playing a musical instrument, singing a Celtic Song and saying one of your favorite Irish-Celtic poems on stage during the lunch break Saturday for all those Under 17.
This element of our planned weekend for Adults will take place Saturday evening in O Caseys Irish Bar downtown in the city of The Hague with a Dance Off as well.
In conjunction with the Trad Music workshopswill be offered in Irish Music.
And of course lots of lovely food freshly prepared by our parent foundation ChairdeKSID.
Keep checking our Kilkenny School Facebook event page for updates of all events during this weekend.
Here is the syllabus 2017 Kilkenny Feis
Hope as many of you as possible can make it!
Annual Summer Camp for all Kilkenny dancers will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th of August 2017.
A must for all competitive dancers.