Area Irish dancers in competition

Courtesy photo Students from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance are (from left): Francesca Resuta, Nicholas McSweeney and Isabelle McSweeney; middle row — Gianna Resuta, Christopher Resuta, Adela Howsare and Anja Sholtis; back row — Maria Resuta, Jessica Resuta, Dana Douglas, Morgan Sugg, Jordan Sugg and Pam Young. Not shown: Gregory Hopp.

Students of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance (Altoona, State College, Lewisburg and Shamokin) competed at the Mid Atlantic Oireachtas held at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott on Nov. 24, 25 and 26.

The competition consisted of solo championships, figure dances, ceili dances, traditional set dances and four hand ceili dances.

Students of teachers who are registered with CLRG (The Irish Dancing Com-mission, based in Dublin) in New York, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, were eligible to compete.

The solo championship, figure dance and ceili dance competitions are qualifying events for the World Irish Dance Championships, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from March 26 to April 1, and for the North American Irish Dance Championships, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., from June 30 to July 4.

Gregory Hopp (men under 18) qualified for the world and national championships; Christopher Resuta (boys under 13) and Nicholas McSweeney (boys under 8) qualified for the national championships; Isabelle McSweeney (under 10) placed 31st out of a competition field of 69 in the traditional set dance competition.

There were more than 2,300 competitors at the event.

Students from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance include:

Altoona — Adela Howsare.

Summerhill — Pam Young.

State College — Anja Sholtis, Isabelle McSween-ey, Nicholas McSweeney (national qualifier), Jordan Sugg, Morgan Sugg, Greg-ory Hopp (national and world qualifier) and Dana Douglas.

Elysburg — Christopher Resuta (national qualifier), Jessica Resuta, Maria Resuta, Gianna Resuta and Francesca Resuta.