Mary and Delia head to Belfast
Irish step is in their blood. Mary McKenna (13) and Delia Doherty (14) have been dancing since they were three years old at the Woods School of Irish Dance. Taught by their mothers – Roseann (Woods) McKenna and Peggy (Woods) Doherty – the cousins have natural talent and are disciplined and dedicated when it comes to Irish step dance.
After qualifying in a national competition held in Nashville, TN, the girls are heading to the World Championship of Irish Step Dance in Belfast, Ireland. This competition is considered the Olympics of Irish dancing where the best dancers from around the world compete. But Mary and Delia are no strangers to competition of this nature. Both have competed in the World’s before. In 2009, Delia in competed in Belfast; both Mary and Delia competed in Philadelphia, PA in 2010; and in 2011 Mary competed in Dublin. Both will be headed to Belfast the end of this month. Way to go ladies!
A celebration and fundraiser has been organized to wish the girls good luck on their journey. This event will be held at The Seapoint Restaurant on Friday, March 9th at 7pm. There will be Irish music, raffles and plenty of Irish step.
The Woods School also had two more dancers qualify this year – Shannon Woods and Kim Dargin. These two dancers are not able to travel to Ireland this year. Both have also competed in World’s in the past.