Come Dance With Us in Greensboro: Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne Greensboro Easter 2019 – April 14-21, 2019
An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the world’s premiere Irish dance organization, will host the 49th annual World Irish Dancing Championships at the Koury Converntion Centre, Greensboro, NC
This is the ‘Olympics’ of Irish dance, a prestigious event where elite dancers from every corner of the globe will converge on Greensboro and battle it out to become “Champions of the World”.
This is the first time that this event has been hosted in the Southern Region and only the third time the event has taken place in North America. As the largest and most prestigious Irish dancing contest globally, which has run for nearly five decades, ‘The Worlds’ is coming to Greensboro after the city fought off stiff competition from venues worldwide.
The championships are expected to attract in excess of 5,000 competitors in solo, céilí, figure-choreography and dance drama categories in a variety of age-groups.
Aged from eight to 30, competitors will travel to Greensboro for the event from more than 27 countries worldwide, including Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA.
It’s estimated that a further 25,000 (TBC) spectators, comprising friends, family, teachers and supporters are expected to make the trip. In all, the competition will boost the city’s economy by around $20 million.
This year’s Championships in Greensboro will be a truly vibrant festival, presenting all that is best in Irish dancing. Through nine days of intense competition, former champions will defend titles and new champions will be crowned. Ancillary events such as music and Irish language sessions, social events for dancers and the World Ball, are being organized by our hardworking local committee in Greensboro.
We will see breathtaking displays of talent from the world’s most skilled dancers, who have worked relentlessly for 12 months to ensure they bring their very best to North Carolina. The traditional aspects of Irish step dance will fuse with increasing athleticism, innovation in choreography and rhythm to bring us a modern and truly inspiring evolution of our cultural dance form.
Dancers as young as 10 years must perform three dances (in both soft and hard shoes) in front of three rotating panels of seven international adjudicators.This year, due to a significant increase in participant numbers, we are introducing a double recall and all but the two youngest age groups will perform over 2 days in a system involving heats, semi finals and a final round. Teams are made up of eight or 16 members, and they dance traditional ‘céilí’ or figure dances with precision and synchronization.
Musical accompaniment for the event will be provided by teams of experienced Feis Musicians from all around the world
The honoree for this year’s event is Mary Lou Schade who has made an outstanding contribution to Irish Dancing in North America and throughout the world.
For further details, please contact PRO of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain on +353 86 4043359 or