FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dancers at The Watt School of Irish Dance got their first taste of competition since November 2019 at the Western Canadian Qualifying Championships in Calgary last weekend, trying to earn spots at North American and World Championship events next year.

The competition brings nearly 500 top-level solo athletes from Manitoba to British Columbia together.

Certified dance teacher Hailey McGuire TCRG says, on top of it being the first competition in two years for many of the competitors, it was the first time at a competition of that calibre for many of them.

“Fort St. John has 15 dancers at this level, and many of them were successful in securing qualifying sports for the 2022 World Championship in Belfast and the North American Championships in Montreal,” says McGuire. “We had eight dancers earn podium positions and 11 in the top ten.”

The World Irish Dancing Championship is celebrating its 50th year in 2022, and the competition will go from April 10th to 17th.

The North American Irish Dance Championships in Montreal will go from July 1st to 5th, 2022.

Congratulations to all competitors.