Aussies at the Worlds 2007
Congratulations to all our Australian dancers who competed in Glasgow
For a complete list of our recalled dancers click
Benefit Night a Great Success!
Thanks to all who came to the Benefit night and bid on some great items.
Pauline Henshaw won the raffle and heaps of fun was had by all. Thanks
to those from the wider Irish community who heard about the event and
came to have a brilliant night and meet the Irish Dancing community up
close and personal.
Thanks to the Lil's Mates dancing troupe who kicked and clicked up a
storm. Money raised went towards meeting costs and expenses involved with
Lily's passing in October last year.
Anne and Jennifer Claro Benefit Night - 3 Feb 07 - 7:00pm till
A Benefit Night has been organised by friends of Anne and Jennifer Claro.
It will be on Saturday 3 February 2007 at Penrith
Gaels Club Corner Glebe Place & Phillip Street Kingswood NSW
It is going to be a rollicking good time with entertainment by Shaylee
Wilde and the Lads, Jimmy Moore band and special
There will be an Irish Dancing extravaganza by senior
dancers, an auction of very special items and a raffle!
It promises to be a wonderful night of fun and entertainment!
Admission is 20 dollars. Tickets available from the club
or at the door on the night.
As a huge crowd is anticipated it is advisable to get your tickets in
For more information ring Maggie Doyle on 0438 987472.
There may be some of you who would still like to help but cannot make it on the night or are too far away to attend. If you
would like to find out how you can help please email Amanda
If you didn't get a chance to attend Lily's service or you are one of
the many well-wishers from overseas, here is a little coverage for you
For those who need to say a quiet goodbye to Lily, there will be an opportunity
at White Lady Funerals Eastwood on Friday night from 5:30pm.
Lily's funeral will be on Saturday 28th October at St
Michael's Church Meadowbank, Maxim Street at 9.30am.
Lily was a vivacious 'out there' girl and we'd like to celebrate Lily's
life by everyone wearing bright colours. Nothing sombre.
If you'd like to bring your favourite picture of Lily to put up on the
board on the day, please do.
Following the funeral and burial, there will be a wake at The Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, Ryedale Road West Ryde (opposite station)
approximately 12.30pm. All welcome. Please contact Maggie Doyle on 0438
987 472 for further info.
Please be advised that Milton Baar and a friend have been asked to record
the funeral by Anne and Jennifer.
They have also requested that any dancer who wishes to wear her costume
would be most welcome. It is asked if girls in costume could assemble
at the back of the church and not occupy pews which will be required for
October 19 2006
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Elizabeth Claro -
Lily to her friends. Lily passed away at her home on 19 October. Lily
is the Australian 17 years Irish Dancing Champion and was a brilliant
dancer with the most wonderful feet that ever put on soft shoes.
Lily is mourned by not only her mother Anne and older sister Jennifer,
but all who came in contact with her. She was the most vivacious of girls
and would always be the focus in any room she entered.
With a wicked sense of humour and the quickest of wits she was admired
by all. She will be sorely missed by her classmates at the Halloran School.
Rest in Peace Lily.
Good Luck to the nearly 30 Australian Dancers going to the North American Championships
in San Diego.
Congratulations to Nicole Zepcevski (21 and Over) and Shaun Higgins
(19 and Under). Both World Champions in Belfast 2006.
World Championships Results for NSW dancers:
1st Nicole Zepcevski (Aisling)
1st Shaun Higgins (Aisling)
7th Dermot Doyle (Aisling)
21st Paddy Jessing (Dwyer/Whelan
Start thinking about the NSW AIDA Deutante Ball in May 2006 - Info
Leanne Halloran and Darren Yates became the proud parents of Ryan Jackson
6lbs 14 oz. Photo inside
Don't forget to get some entries in to the National Logo Competition
**Watch out for the SPECIAL DEAL being offered by Warner Village Theme Parks
25% discount available to National attendees Click on www.australianchampionships.com Venue & Location for more information
AIDA Web site up and running at www.aidainc.com.
Have a look around and maybe start thinking about a new national logo
First few comps under our belts for the year. Didn't the subbies look lovely
with their fresh little faces with no lippy.
Aussies are now home from the worlds. 45 competitors from heaps of
different schools. See their results here
There have been some changes to the competition schedule. The AIDA
reserve comp is now on the 19th and 20th March instead of the weekend before.
Welcome back for the New Year. The calendar for Sydney is up and very
full. Hope you have no other hobbies. The new web site for the Gold Coast Nationals
is up at www.australianchampionships.com
The new AIDA site will be up soon with all sorts of information to
clarify some of the rumours that fly around our message boards.
The Claddagh feis will be back at the Uruguayan Soccer Club again this
year - both the beginners in April and the Open in July. I can smell the coffee
2004 National Championships results
results for the NSW States
Results for the Claddagh Feis
Entry forms for the Trinity Feis out now - see comps page.
Australia goes to the NANs
Over 21 (ladies)
Catherine Poulton 4th
Aoife Champion, -9th
Peta Van Rijswick -28th
Chris Carswell - 4th
Andrew Roberts - 5th
|Under 19 Men
Sean Connolly - 3rd
|Under 21 (Ladies)
Kate Halloran - 40th
Jennifer Claro - 39th
Janelle Knowles -24th
Suzanne Cox - 33rd
Cassandra Halloran- 1st,
Aisling O'Brien - 27th
Elizabeth Claro 14th,
Sian Ryan 42nd
Sarah Haeusler 45th -
Emma Henshaw - 12th
|Under 12 -
Natasia Petracic 19th
|Under 13 (Girls)
Alicia Bryant - 9th
|Under 11 (Girls)
Gianna Petracic - 12th
Chelsey Priadko - 21st
|Girls Under 10:
Ceili Moore - 29th
|Boys Under 10:
William Bryant - 8th
Girls Under 9 :
Holly Makin 4th,
Tara Fitzgerald 5th
Teams - from Simpson ACT
4th place in Mixed Ceili 16 & Over
8th place in Girls Ceili 16 & Over
|Girls Under 17
Jessica Halloran - 4th
Girls Under 15
Emma Ryan - 21st
|Ladies Under 18
Leanne McGrath 28th
Suzanne Knowles 30th
Tell me if I've missed any.
Competition season in full swing. The INDA, the AIDA, Central Coast, Gold Coast
and the Winter Solstice. Our wallets are reeling too.
Some photos up for Winter Solstice.
Entries closing for Claddagh.
Debuntante Ball was a big success. Lots of hard work put in. Everyone was very
Please be on the look out for two
dresses stolen from Siopa Rince in Dublin.
Parent Meeting for the Sydney Nationals is 4:15pm at Gaels Club Penrith on
Sun 2nd May
Deb Practice 6pm at Beverly Hills PS Sun 2nd May.
Entry forms for Canberra Feis are now available on-line - see competition page
Practice for the Debutante Ball are on Sunday nights 6 - 7. Still time to grab
a partner and come along. Debs must be over 15 years by May 2004.
Times are out for Claddagh Beginners Feis
Welcome back to another year. Here is the latest
The Provisional Timetable is up at the Australian
Irish Dancing Championships Sydney 2004
New Dance School in Sydney operating in Glenfield and Alfords Point (Menai).
The McGlinchy school is run by Amy McGlinchy, a very talented ex-student of
Donna and Leanne Halloran. Registered with the AIDA.Call Amy on 9734 6553.
The Ku-ring-gai Academy now has a web site.
New Competitions - Central Coast Feis
I was given this by Kevin Doyle who is asking the whole ID community to have
some fun down in Jindabyne.
Festival of Irish Music
23-26 January 2004 incl.
Set Dancing, Step Dancing, Ceili and Old Time Dancing, Singers & Musicians
From all over Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
Accommodation readily available in Jindabyne.
Enquiries (02) 9181 3365
Printable timetables for the Australians in
The Chase Academy on the Gold Coast have their Christmas Feis on 6,7 Dec. Have
I'm staying in Perth for a holiday so don't expect to see the results up in
If you would like to help me do it fast when I get back can you send your sections
results to me in the three column
table in Word format.
Results are up and heaps of photos
State Timetable is up
Claddagh Feis Premiership results are available
The AIDA will be holding a Beginners and Primary Feis on 10 August. With
an International Judge! (NSW is just showing off now. lol) Entry forms available
from your teacher.
4 New Entry forms available - beg - AIDA and Fishers Ghost and Fishers Ghost
Open and the Wollongong Feis
Another reason to go to Canberra - Tir An Oir Feis on 3 August. Entry
Irish Names and how to pronounce them.
A new link lets you hear Frank McCourt pronouncing them for you.
Provisional Times for Claddagh Feis 26-27
Entry forms are available for the Southern Cross which is in Canberra this year
Times are out for Winter Solstice - Confirmed
Entry Forms for the Illawarra Seaside Feis
Entry forms for The Claddagh Feis
Times for the Central Coast Feis at Gosford
For Anne and Marilyn - those recipes I promised you.
More unpronounceable Irish Names added to my
list for anybody who ever holds a microphone at a comp.
Times for AIDA on 21/22 June
Entry Form for Central Coast Feis is available
Winter Solstice entry form available.
Update to Irish dress Makers in Australia
Well done to the Aussies that went to the Worlds. So many places and recalls!!!
Timings for AIDA Competition
Some changes to the March calendar. Please check.
Happy New Year! A basic feis calendar is up on the
competitions page for those of you who like to plan ahead.
Miss Donna of the Halloran School is getting married this month,
Another dressmaker has hung out her shingle. Have a
look at her lovely dresses at www.stepaboutdresses.com contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Provinces Feis is over and that's it for the year. Good luck in your Christmas
Concerts and keep practicing in the holidays or there will be tears in February!!!
October 2002- Times for Tri
Quetra Feis are as follows
9.00am 6 & Under
10.30am 7 & 8 years
1.00pm 9 & 10 years
2.30pm 11 & 12 years
4.00pm 13 & Over
October 2002- Photos are up
on Photo Gallery. Send more if you like (About 80K in size)
October 2002 - Entry form for the Tri Quetra Feis (3 November) Beginners
to Elementary (pronounced try-KET-ra, Latin for "three
cornered" like the celtic knot.).
Results for the Nationals on their way RESULTS
July 2002 Results for the Claddagh Feis 2002
June 2002 - Entry forms for
Southern Cross Teams at the Gaels Club 19/20/21 July
June 2002 - Entry forms available for the Claddagh feis on July 27/28 and for the
Southern Cross at the Gaels Club 19/20/21 July
May 2002 - AIDA graded Comp Timetable (1st and 2nd June
) is available on my competition page.
- Canberra Feis Timetable is available on my competition page.
February 2002 - Helen Doyle , who makes those great
Irish Dance Dress Bags that were in Adelaide now has a web site
where you can order bags. www.irishdancingbags.co.nz
Jan 2002 - Some Competition
dates are up.
Jan 2002 - Happy New Year and hello to all those
dancers who are going to the world. We'll think of you practicing
hard while we are at the beach.
Haven't got any firm dates for comps yet but they'll be up as
soon as I can get them.
For those of you who follow the American message board by K.
Drew, it is now shut. There is a new one for dancers at www.voy.com/60473/ and a great one
for parents of dancers at www.voy.com/14727/.
The Aussie one if you haven't visited is at http://pub58.ezboard.com/baida
November 2001 - Timetable for the Central Coast Feis is up
November 2001 - Thought it might be nice for people to
know what everyone looks like. If you would like your photo
linked to the Adelaide results, send a .jpg photo of you
in Adelaide no bigger than 100K.
October 2001 - Wow ! Was that the coldest Australian
ever!! Adelaide shops did a booming business in singlets and
Well done to all dancers! A lot of hard work went into every
single entry, to even get there these days you are a winner!
Results are up
October 2001 New Competition on Central
Coast in November - Application form here.
September 26th - Updates to dressmakers and adult classes.
Good luck to everyone in the Australians
September 8th - Revised Timetable for Nationals out. Print out your own copy.
August 2001 Results for the State
Championships are up.
July 2001 - The Official Timetable is out for the
State Championships at Bankstown RSL. Check it
July 2001 - Malou Ellis is now selling her
Inishfree soft and hard shoes from her home - see the
June 2001 - NSW State Championships 4-6 August.
Entries have now closed. Teams are on the same weekend.
April 2001 - The entry
forms are out for the Claddagh Feis on 19/20 May (Int/Open)
closes 9 May
and the INDA comp on 9/10 June (all grades) closes 26 May
April 2001 - The Maher School have Adult
Classes starting in May at Jamisontown (Penrith area)
You can contact Maria Maher on 0417063441 or email@example.com
March 2001 - I've had this joke in my drawer for ages... I thought you might like it
March 2001- I've added a section about set
dances to Life after Beginners. It has
whether they are jigs or hornpipes.
Feb 2001 - St Patricks Day Competition and the Reserve
Championship entries have closed.
- Entry forms for the Beginners Claddagh feis are out there
with your teachers.
- A new trader in shoes and socks has started up in
Victoria, but he does mail order. See the shoes section.
Jan 2001 - There is an Irish Dancing Dress in the
Window at Spotlight Bankstown made from the Simplicity Pattern
9131. It looks great.
Somebody wrote to say there is a book of Irish Dancing Costume
Iron on Transfers by Courtney Davis available on the internet via Amazon.co.uk.
I've added a section on Sydney Schools that teach Adults. If you know of others
that have adults (esp. in the West) tell me
Jan 2001 - Latest on Australian
Championships in Adelaide. All info on accommodation,
discount flights and syllabus changes.
Dec 2000 - How to pronounce Irish
names. Read that program with new confidence that you're not
going to embarrass yourself!!!
Dec 2000 - Latest information on Australian Championships
They will be run from 2-7 Oct, at ETSA Park, the official
hotel is the Stamford Plaza.
Single, Twin or Double Occupancy: $150.00 per room, per night
Triple Share: add $25.00
Executive Lounge: $182.50 single occupancy or $215.00 double
Toll Free number; 1 300 301 391
150 North Terrace
Dec 2000- Always wanted to know how the scoring worked? - I've
written out a guide to Championship Scoring.
It might take you all the holidays to figure it out.
Nov 20 - (Happy Birthday Chanelle) at last
Photos are on Photo Gallery
Nov 15 - A new Irish Dancing web site has been set up in
England. It's called Dancing in Celtic. It has about everything
you could imagine. It's just starting up, but it will have
competitions from all over the world there, second hand dresses
and heaps of other stuff, book mark it . www.dancinginceltic.com
Results from the Southern Cross - 10/11 Nov
Sub- Minors (tie) Alicia Bryant - Halloran Erin Trevena
9 years - Tamara Macey _ Halloran
10 years - Maryanne Memmolo - Halloran
11 yrs - Daisy Cousens - Aisling
12 yrs - Talicia Williams - Halloran
13 years - Aliesha Manion Kay- Hallissey NZ
14 years - Cassandra Halloran - Halloran
15years - Tie - Angela Perry Dwyer-Whelan and Clare McALeer -
16 years - Megan Ryan - Currie
17 years - Louise Oliver - Aisling
18 years - Larissa Wright - Halloran
Under 21 Ladies - Helen Clout - Wollongong Academy
Over 21 Ladies - Katie McGrath - Currie
Sub Minor - Matthew Mooney (Aisling NSW)
10 years - Equal 1st place- James Souter (Mulcahy VIC) Gareth
Chow (Dwyer-Whelan NSW)
12 years - Adam Morris - Currie
14 years - Sean Connolly (Dwyer-Whelan NSW)
16 years -Craig Ashurst (Mulcahy NSW)
18 years - Oliver Sach (Cummings NZ)
Please send any others to fill in the blanks.
Timings for the Southern Cross. On
Irish Shopping Online at CelticLinks.com.
Unusual gifts and collectables, sportswear, dancewear and
Have a look, hundreds of gift ideas.
Results from the Nationals on the Gold Coast. Check them out
on the AIDA Web site at aida.rr.nu or
hot click straight
June 2000 Celtic Origins from Penrith has a mail order
site up and running ,
have a look
JUNE 2000 Claddagh Feis Upgrades = Check out who's in Open now.
MAY 2000 NEW SOUTH WALES STATE RESULTS - Check them out -
Worlds! - They're over and a nice overview can be seen
at Riverdance but unless you've applied for a backstage pass you can't get into
the "exclusive" area to see the photos. But if you look
carefully most of them are of Aussie Kristen Knox who came 6th in
the Ladies. If you want to see the photos of the prizegiving,
they are on my photo gallery.
New! Some lovely ideas for medals to stop them getting
lost. No need for shoe boxes any more, have a look.
April News - Claddagh Feis
The Venue has been finalised. Hinchinbrook Soccer
Club, same as last year. It's Sun and Mon on the June long
weekend. Int and Open only. All sections now have beautiful
perpetual trophies, so start practicing.
Results for the World
The results will be posted as they are
available Click Here
Inspite of not being winter or the Solstice, everyone had a great
time. Great Venue and on time!!!!
Here is the tentative timetable for the Australians on the Gold Coast.
Things may change.
Cool Links Page
March 00 - Here's a great site for Irish links. The top
50 are rated. Click here and have a look
Making your Own Dress?
Feb 00 - New info on making
your own dress. New Simplicity pattern and where to
get embroidery designs.
Timetable for the Worlds
Feb 00 - A link to the provisional timetable for
the World Championships in Belfast. Click
Jan 00 - From this year the Australian ID Assoc has
introduced an new dance level called Elementary.
Beginners - Primary - Elementary - Intermediate then Open. Also
the dances for each age grade for 2000
Jan 00 - Finally changed my photos, thanks to
people who sent them.
Check them out click here
Dec 99 - Pauline Henshaw is opening a new Irish
Dancing shop in Penrith. Check details in Buying
The Australian Irish Dancing Association has launched it's new
web site. It's got free classifieds, a photo gallery, and State
by State information. It also has a message board for
To have a look click
I now have a Results Page where you can go
to see old results from past competitions without having to dig
out all your old programs.