On March 29, 2015, Kaylee Loperena and Abigail Perry, with their teammates from the Lavin Cassidy School of Irish Dance, arrived in Montreal, Canada where they competed in the World Championship for Irish dance.
The day before the team had to dance, they practiced their routines. On Tuesday, they all woke up early, nervous with the anticipation of the upcoming performance. When the team arrived at the convention center, they got on their makeup, wigs, and dresses. Then, the team warmed up before they had to go on to perform.
After all that, the team started to practice for their second performance. After their second performance, the team looked out into the audience to see their dance teacher smiling from ear to ear. The team thought that they could have done better but were proud of their performance.
After the competition ended, the team had to go get their results. They were going up against 25 to 35 competitors and were nervous about how they did. As the scores were being called out, the whole team was shaking! The seven judges gave them scores of 100, 100, 100, 100, 60, 60, and 100. The team ended up with a total of 460 points out of 500!
Even though the training for the competition was intense and their coach had pushed them hard, it was all worth it because they knew that they danced the best that they could. In the 25 years that the Lavin Cassidy School of Irish Dance was open, the team was the first to win the World Championships! The team had made history, and they felt amazing.
Article written by students Abigail Perry and edited by Yousef Ahmad, Alexandria Demas, Ashley Lurquin
Pictured: World Champions for Irish Dance, 7th grader Kaylee L. and 6th grader Abigail P., pose with their teammates in Montreal, Canada.