The 2012 North American Irish Dance Nationals begins on Tuesday! The week long competition will be hosted right here in Chicago, so don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of the best compete for the Nation’s top awards.
The competition will run from Tuesday, July 3 – Saturday, July 7, and will feature both solo and group competitions. The event will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers (301 E. North Water Street), with results given at the nearby Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive).
The Opening Ceremony will begin after the first day’s competition, at 7:00pm on Tuesday, July 3rd and will honor the selected Mid-American Legends for their 35+ years of dedication and service to Irish Dance in the Mid-American Region.
The performances will take place on four side-by-side stages in one convention space, giving you the opportunity to enjoy more than one performance at a time, and allowing the competition to continue through lunch. Make sure to pay attention to when the performer you want to watch is scheduled to be on stage, so that you don’t miss it for a ham sandwich!
Results will take place at the end of the competition rounds each day according to the official schedule, giving you the opportunity to make other plans for your down time if you so choose. Award times are as follows: Tuesday, July 3: 8:00pm / Wednesday, July 4: 7:30pm / Thursday, July 5: 6:30pm / Friday, July 6: 7:30pm / Saturday, July 7: 8:00pm
Event vendors will be located at the Sheraton and do not require a wristband to visit. They will be open on Monday, July 2 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. For the rest of the week they will open at 6:30 am.
I will be working at the event to give you behind the scenes coverage and important updates. Make sure to follow me on twitter @Laelle_ChiDanceExmnr to stay up-to-date!
Live commentary from the event will also be available on the official North American Irish Dance Championships 2012 Facebook page
To visit the webpage for the 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships, click HERE
For a detailed daily schedule and floor plan of the event space, please click HERE
For detailed information on age groups, judges, and competition guidelines, click HERE
What: The 2012 North American Irish Dance Championships
When: Tuesday, July 3 – Saturday, July 7
Where: Sheraton Chicago & Hyatt Regency Chicago
Cost: $15 event entrance fee