U.S.I.R. Salt Lake City 2017!

We made it! We made it to Salt Lake City for the United Stated Inter-regional Championship! The weather has been amazingly beautiful! Dancers are ready and gearing up for three full days of competitions! To kick off the whole event Thursday the dancers got to join in an afternoon of fun and meeting all the other national qualifiers! That evening a Banquet honoring these dancers was held. The dancers were dressed so beautify and we all got to share an evening of friendship and laughter!

Friday morning was the Pre-championship competition! Dancers competed the Fling, Swords, Seann Truibhas and Strathspey and highland Reel! Congratulations Juliana for placing in this competition! Friday afternoon was the Premiership Championship, no rest for these strong dancers! They competed the Blue Bonnets, Highland Laddie, Sailors Hornpipe and the Village Maid. Congratulations Nolan and Mary! Both placed in this competition and Nolan won 5th runner up! The day wrapped up with a regional dinner. Dinner was yummy and it was great to visit with dancers in our region. Then a good night sleep, tomorrow is nationals!  

Saturday the U.S.I.R. begins! We saw current world champions! What a delight to watch all of these amazing dancers ! Each earned the right to dance on the national stage  and dance they did, each put forth their very best! So proud of each of our dancers! Many had personal bests! Tonight some swam, ate dinner, visited and rested. The dancers are growing tired and there is still one championship left. 

Sunday North American open Championship! Bright and early we gather again, yeah for starbucks this morning. the dancers are happy and ready, a good night seep was had by almost everyone! Wow, impressed with our dancers today many personal bests and all danced well! We had dancers win several medals congratulations!

And the U.S.I.R. comes to a close. the dancers put their best out there, they have wonderful memories, lovely new friends, they spent fun times with fiends and family, they danced on the national stage and danced well!, The youngest said he was Happy he got to be there, wished that he had placed higher and already planning his own practice schedule which he kept lengthening his time he need for practice as each day passed . All left inspired! Great trip!