Irish Dance students on pier in Atlantic Highlands
Irish Dancers on pier in Atlantic Highlands

The lively tunes played for Irish Dancers will be heard in the Atlantic Highlands this weekend as the dance organization Rince Tuatha Nua hosts its 7th annual Nationals on Saturday, August 28th, from 9 am until 7 pm, in the Seastreak Parking Lot 4. With close to 250 competitors from up & down the eastern seaboard, it’s sure to be an energetic event as dancers compete for the top prize of National Champion.

The Irish Dancers, ranging in age from 6 years through adult, will be competing at all levels from  Beginner to Open Champion. Dancers may compete in individual dances,as well as in “events” (multiple rounds of dances for one award). Live music will be capably provided by New Jersey’s own Christopher McLoughlin.

Although there are at least five Irish Dance organizations in the United States, Rince Tuatha Nua is the only one based in the US. Gillian Daly, a former Champion Irish Dancer from Dublin Ireland & current resident of the Atlantic Highlands, was one of the co-founders 8 years ago.

“We wanted an organization that offers competitions but in a friendly manner. As teachers we work together, and we encourage our dancers to make friends with dancers from other schools around the globe.  We’ve managed to create a relaxed atmosphere for our Irish Dance families  and I’m very proud of that.  

“Some people asked why Atlantic Highlands? When COVID hit last year my late sister and I took a chance, prayed for good weather and held our Nationals as an outdoor event at the soccer field in Atlantic Highlands. We were the only Irish Dance Organization in the world to host a major event in 2020. Our beautiful town has so much to offer and is a central location for many dance schools to travel too. It seemed only fitting to have it here again this year. I’m looking forward to seeing local dancers from my studio  Daly Irish Dance School take the stage. I hope to see them coming home with lots of prizes on Saturday!”

Admission to the event is free. We ask that you bring your own lawn chair.

Although it is an outdoor event, masks are suggested due to the recent uptick in COVID cases. We suggest wearing face covering in designated viewing areas close to the stage.

Daly Irish Dance School

The school is located at:
The Jig Factory
58 First Ave
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716
732 784 8266

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