It was an honor for Nicholas to be selected by his instructor to compete in the Southern Region Oireachtas for his Irish dance competition.
Our Friday started by rising at an early 5:00 AM, heading to the Gaylord and then checking in at the stage at 7:00 AM. From there we started watching dancers until it was his turn. He got on stage for his heavy shoe at around 10:00, light shoe started a couple of hours later. Then after lunch he "recalled."
This is the level that most dancers strive/hope for.
Nicholas in the line up after his group danced.
The judges get one final look at the competitors.
A little about the competition . . . If a group has over 20 competitors only half of the dancers in a group will be "recalled." The dancers are divided by age. So Nicholas' group had 10 boys under 9 yrs. They all did very well and all recalled. Each dance group performs in front of a 3 judge panel. Judges come from all over the world. (Just so you can get an idea of how big this event is . . .
The Under 13 Girl group that danced ahead of Nicholas had 136 competitors.)
The competition lasts for three fun filled days.
Some of the competitors from The Rhythm of Ireland, Virginia Beach, VA
The girl at the top with the blond hair & the front row girl with the dark hair have qualified for
US Nationals AND the Worlds Competition.
Congratulation to Hannah and Maria.
This was a time intensive competition based on technique and skills. The energy level at the event was very high and was overwhelming with excitement, joy and tears. Once all of the dancing is finished for the day the waiting begins. Scores need to be tallied and the awards presented. Nicholas' group was called to the main stage for awards at 8:00 Friday night.
For this photo I was at the back of the convention hall. It was a sea of people.
Nicholas earned a position in the top 5.
It was such suspense waiting to hear his name called.
CONGRATULATIONS - Nicholas earned 4th place.
This qualifies him for the US Nationals.
God certainly loves you, Sweet Boy, and has sent you many blessings.
Thank you, Heavenly Father.
Nicholas with Miss Debbie and Miss Sarah,
His instructors at the Rhythm of Ireland.
The Gaylord at National Harbor, MD was magnificent in itself.
Here he is outside of the Convention Center
Inside the Gaylord -
The windows above the trees those are the hotel rooms.
The houses that you see were shops within the atrium.
It was a beautiful site to behold with it's lights and water fountains.
Nicholas, You always make us so very proud.
xoxo Love Mom and Dad.
(Only one more years & you will be able to qualify for Worlds . . . Go get 'em.)
A special thank you to all of my customers.
You have helped make my son's dreams become a reality. xoxo ~Judy =^..^=