Submitted by Sue Gaynor on Mon, 09/03/2015 - 16:36
The inaugural City Of Birmingham Championships was held over Valentine's weekend at Edgbaston cricket ground.
The championships hosted by the Carey Academy Of irish Dancing was supported by Birmingham City Council. The opening ceremony was attended by The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Shafique Shah and city councillors Ian Ward and Peter Kane.
The completion attracted well over 700 dancers from USA, Canada, South Africia, Germany, Austria and of course the UK and Ireland.
The dancers competed for specially designed and commissioned trophies and olympic sized medals. There was a trophy for each top placing boy and girl and special medals for the top 10 in each competition age group.
After a fantastic day of dancing Saturday, in the evening the audience was treated to the premier of a new dance troupe called 'Afterlife' who were going on to audition for Britain's Got Talent. This was then followed by two parade of champions completions where the top 3 from each age group danced against each other for a prestigious trophy and the 2 winners were picked by the 9 judges. The standard of dancing in these two completions was world class!
At the end of Sunday John Carey, director of the academy, said he was over whelmed by the feed back and messages of support from all the dancers, parents, teachers and judges on how well the event was organised from the venue to the prizes. Looks like City of Birmingham Championships will be part of the Irish Dance calendar for many years to come.