CONGRATS TO THE "MHuGsters" FOR AN AMAZING 'O'.
We are so proud of all the dancers that worked hard to prepare for the 2014 Regional Irish Dance Championships. With any competition, there are always ups and downs ... however, this year, it seemed we had way more "ups". Out of all the schools in the Mid-America Region, MHG had the most World Qualifiers - with 20 dancers ... full results here.
We are grateful to our dancers for the hardwork that you put in to make this Oireachtas a success. You were amazing. As important as results are, more important is the remarkable TEAM SPIRIT shown to each other. To watch every dancer support each other whether they were on the podium, or just a missed a recall, is something not seen in very many schools.
Just to put the weekend into perspective:
Total enrollment at MHG from our Tot dancers to Champions is only 165 registered dancers.
Of the 165 dancers, 63 MHuGsters danced in the solo championships while, 5 MHuGsters danced in the Traditional Set competition.
Of the 63 MHuGsters who danced solos, 47 dancers recalled. 70% of our dancers recalled. Of the 5 Traditional Set dancers, 3 recalled and placed.
Of the 47 recalled dancers...20 qualified for the World Championships.
24 MHuGsters were in the top 10.
14 MHuGsters were on the podium in the top 5.
In addition, to those that qualified at the North American Championships, MHG will have 23 dancers preparing for the World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
11 of 12 teams recalled at the Oireachtas which is remarkable as MHG allowed any dancer (including Advanced Beginner - Novice dancers) who wanted to participate in teams to be in a team.
MHG had 5 of 11 teams in the top 3, and every team in the top 10.
Of the 63 MHuGsters who danced at the Oireachtas, 12 dancers did the Oireachtas for the first time
We are proud of each and every one of you and together we will begin working toward our next goals.
Mike, Gary, Mary, Peggy, Johnny, Nora, Shannon, Brendan, Katie
Give us try, and enroll in classes only if you like it ... Just mention you saw the ad on the website and we'll enroll you in our next session of beginner classes. To reserve a spot in a beginner class - contact us here.
Now celebrating our 30th year, the Mullane Healy Godley Academy continues to be one of North America's premier Irish dance academies. Although small in size with current enrollment of approximately 150 dancers, MHG is one of the most recognized programs in competitive Irish dancing, in addition to our recreational program for non-competitive dancers.
Our success as one of the top North American Irish Dance Academy at the recent 2014 National and World Championships illustrates the dedication of both the dancers and teachers. 93% of all the MHG dancers who participated in the National Championships recalled with the school winning two titles, and placing 12 dancers in the top 5.
We believe that one of our greatest assets is the diversity of the Mullane Healy Godley teaching staff. The Academy has always taken a team approach in instruction where all dancers are treated equally and all share in the commitment of a dedicated teaching staff. Through this global approach, dancers share in the talent of a teaching staff that has choreographed and coached a multitude of Regional, National, and World Champion teams and solos, along with the only school in Chicago that has three World Champions on staff.
Each teacher brings a
perspective and approach to the
students, and each teacher relies on their own strengths to further develop
the abilities and talents of the dancers. The teaching faculty at the
Mullane Healy Godley Academy is an international fusion of some of the most
highly accomplished and decorated teachers in Irish Dance today.
Combining these talents, the Mullane Healy Godley Academy is poised for the
Combining these talents, the Mullane Healy Godley Academy is poised for the future.
The Academy offers classes for everyone. From recreational dance instruction, to preparation for the World Championship, in the Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dance Academy you will find a hardworkingó yet fun atmosphere, from both the teaching staff and the student. To illustrate the hard work, preparation and practice of the dancers (affectionately known as MHuGsters) - the Academy is home to World Champions, All-Ireland Champions, North American Champions, All-Scotland Champions, Regional Champions and a host of Open Championship dancers. And although these are global achievements to be sure - more recognizable is the camaraderie and friendships developed between all the dancers as each dancer cheers the other on to success.
Classes are held in our state of the art studios in Elmhurst, and Edison Park. The blending of talents will now afford ALL present and future dancers an extensive array of opportunities combining the skills of both schools - through avenues such as performances, recitals, choreographies, School Feises, workshops and Academy events. Under the Mullane Healy Godley Academy, classes are offered in both recreational and competitive Irish dancing allowing dancers to enjoy Irish dancing at their pace.
The Academy is proud to treat every MHuGster equally ... this is not a goal, but a reality. Each dancer, whether Beginner, Recreational, or Competitive receives the same dedicated and energetic instruction.