We are raising funds to send 18 dancers to compete at the World Irish Dance Championships in London, in April, 2014.

For over 35 years, Murphy Irish Arts Center has been teaching male and female students not only Irish dance, but also an appreciation of Irish culture. Dancers range in age from 5 to 55 years. Irish heritage is not required and all nationalities are welcome.

Students are not required to participate in Irish Dance competitions, but many at the school choose to do so. Participation in competitions can be at the solo dancer level, and/or the team level. From competition, students learn the importance of teamwork and discipline, gain confidence, learn to prioritize and set goals. Many of our students are outstanding scholars who participate in other extracurricular activities both at school and in the community.

This past Thanksgiving (2013) our team competed in the Mid-America Regional Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our dance drama team won first place in the dance drama category, earning the right to participate in the World Irish Dance Championships in London, in April, 2014. Our dance drama "Miracle on Whiskey Island" tells the story of Irish immigrants to the Cleveland area in the late 1800s. As with any good story, there is a heroine (the widow) and her daughters , a villain (the landlord) and his henchmen (the 4 bosses that work for the landlord and the apprentices), a couple of bratty children (the landlord's) and the fairies who help save the day (and provide a little comic relief).

In addition to the dance drama, eight of our students will be participating in the Senior Ladies Ceili. A ceili is a traditional Irish dance, in which the steps are listed in a book. All teams performing this dance must perform the steps as listed, with each team judged on precision and uniformity of the dancers. This is the third consecutive year that the Senior Ladies Ceili team will compete at the World Championships.

Murphy Irish Arts will also be sending two solo dancers, Annie Profeta and Tom Conkey, to compete at the World Irish Dance Championships . Both Annie and Tom earned the right to compete at Worlds at the Mid-America Regional Championships.

Murphy Irish Arts has had a wonderful impact on the lives of its dancers and their families. This is evidenced by dancers who continue to take classes and compete during their college years, popular adult classes, former students who enroll their children at Murphy Irish Arts, and continuing involvement in the association by alumni.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your donation.

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