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North Carolina Irish Dancing Academy Wins Big at World Championships

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The Triggle Academy of Irish Dance danced at the 50th World Irish Dancing Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland, placing first in the world for senior choreography in addition to other awards.

This is the first World Irish Dancing Championship after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniel Triggle, the owner of Triggle Academy, said winning so many big awards after going through the pandemic was amazing.

“That’s what everybody’s working for, is to win a world. So to be able to work there and for the kids to be able to keep working during the pandemic and on the zoom courses and not being able to be in studio all the time.”

The Triggle Academy competed against the best dancers from around the world. Triggle credits the hard work of the dancers through the difficult times and circumstances brought on by the pandemic.

“They really stayed engaged and focused and determined,” Triggle said. “So for that to pay off this year and finally get what we’re all working for, I mean, it was just amazing.”

Along with going home as Senior Choreography World Champions, Triggle Academy also placed 2nd in the Senior Women’s Ceili and 3rd in the Junior Mixed Ceili with two solo medalists placing 11th and 24th respectively.

Triggle Academy dancers will showcase their award-winning talents in a recital at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center on June 25.

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