The Love of Irish Dance

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A group of competitors from Santa Fe’s own Belisama Irish Dance Studio traveled to Washington, DC last weekend for the 3-day North American Championships . . . and returned with some hardware! 9th grader Shannon Kossmann became the 15-and-under champion based on her performance in all three aspects of the competition: soft shoe reel, hardshoe hornpipe nontraditional, and a traditional required dance. She qualified for the World Championships later this year, to be held in Wexford, Ireland.

Three other young women from Santa Fe also competed at the National Championships: Emma Sheppard, who attends Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences; Prep 7th grader Kate Schiliro; and Prep 8th grader Sophia Bomse. They will dance with others from Belisama Irish Dance at the Lensic on Friday, March 15th, in a performance that will feature internationally-famous Michael Patrick Gallagher, former lead with Riverdance.