Local Dancers Hit the World Stage

Rince Ri dancers

Rince Ri champions, from left, Marielle Baird (she's seventh in the world) of Upper Southampton; Kerry Freas of Warrington, and sisters Tara and Emily Schmidt of Newtown.

Marielle Baird, who dances with the Rince Ri Dance School in Southampton placed seventh in the in the Cumann Rince Naisiunta (CRN) 2010 Irish Open Championships in Dublin last week, a competition open only to the best dancers in the world.

The standard of dancing was sky high so this was great,” says Rince Ri founder and instructor Olivia Hilpl who accompanied four of her qualifying dancers to the City West Hotel, where the international contest was held.

The Rince Ri dancers qualified at a regional competition in Harrisburg in January.

Cumann Rince Naisiunta is a major Irish dancing organization founded in 1982 by a group of Irish dance teachers. The group’s regionals were held at the Philadelphia Irish Center in 2009.

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