Your News Trinity Academy Dancers Do Well at Competition

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Byline: Submitted by Christa van Baale, Trinity Academy Irish Dance

Dancers from Chicago's famed Trinity Academy of Irish Dance took high placements at the Mid-America Irish Dance Championships, held Nov. 26-28, in Chicago. Coming in at the top are Moira Kramp of Arlington Heights and Samantha Ryzner of Mount Prospect, who took gold in solo competition.

Schoolwide, Trinity had a record breaking 16 gold medal placements in solo and team competition, more than twice the number of gold medals for any other school. As the Mid-America Championships is the qualifying round for the World Championships, Trinity now has 44 dancers who are qualified to compete at the Worlds in solo competition in 2011, another first for the Mid-America region. Of those qualifiers, 88 percent placed in the top 10 and 77 percent placed in the top five.

Trinity founder Mark Howard said, "We're known for being an internationally renowned team school, but the solo results both local and internationally have surged in the last several years. It's an exciting time for us because the adjustments we have made in the way we teach are paying dividends for our students. That being said, this competition didn't bring the results for some of our dancers that they had hoped. In terms of training, those losses are just as important because of the life lessons that they bring. I know that in the long run, those placements served dancers just as well as the ones who came out on top."

Moira Kramp of Arlington Heights took the gold out of 104 competitors in solo competition and silver with her team.She is now qualified to compete in the 2011 World Championships to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from April 17-23. Currently ranked fifth in the nation, Kramp has placed in the top three at the Mid-America Championships for the last three years and has competed at two World Championships. Kramp is a seventh-grade student at South Middle School where she is involved in softball, basketball and South Pom Squad.

It was a double gold competition for Samantha Ryzner, of Mount Prospect, who took gold in a solo competition of 108 competitors and also took gold with her team. Ryzner is currently ranked fourth in the nation. Ryzner is a fourth-grade student at St. Emily.

Mary Claire McDonnell of Barrington took the bronze out of 117 competitors and is qualified to compete in the 2011 World Championships to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from April 17-23 and took fourth in team dancing.McDonnell is a consistent presence on the Mid-America Championship podium, having been in the top four for the last four years.In international competition, she has recalled at both the All-Irelands and the World Championships, placing as high as ninth in the World.McDonnell is an eighth-grade student at St. Anne's School where she is involved in lacrosse, golf and tennis.

Other Northwest Suburban residents took great placements in the competition:

* Sydney Niewiedzial of Hoffman Estates took bronze out of 108 competitors in solo competition and took gold with her team. …