Over 900 dancers attend city of Birmingham Irish Dance Championships

Nerves ran high with excitement and anticipation for dancers at the City of Birmingham Irish Dance Championships

Nerves ran high with excitement and anticipation for dancers at the City of Birmingham Irish Dance Championships

Irish dancing came to Birmingham in a big way over Valentine’s weekend when the inaugural City of Birmingham Championships took place at Edgbaston cricket ground.

The event, organised by the Carey Academy of Irish Dancing, was sponsored by Birmingham City Council, with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Shafique Shah performing the official opening ceremony.

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The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Shafique Shah

Councillors Ian Ward and Peter Kane were also in attendance.

The competition attracted more than 900 dancers from all over the world, including the USA, Canada, South Africa, Germany and Austria, as well as those from the UK and Ireland.

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 ten in each competition age group.

Following a day of dancing on Saturday February 14, the evening saw people treated to the first public performance by a dance troupe called Afterlife, who were going on to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.

John Carey, the man behind the Carey Academy of Irish Dancing

John Carey, the man behind the Carey Academy of Irish Dancing

This was followed by two Parade of Champions competitions, where the top three from each age group danced against each other for a trophy.

Following the end of the event on Sunday February 15, director of the Carey Academy John Carey said he was “overwhelmed” by all the positive feedback and messages of support from dancers, parents, teachers and judges.

Praise covered the organisation of the event, the venue it was held in and the prizes.

Having been hailed a resounding success the organisers said they were sure it would return and hopefully become a regular event in the UK Irish dance calendar.