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Ashurst Irish Dancers Perform ‘Under The Marquee’



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The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance presented “Under the Marquee,” its eighth annual recital production, on May 18. A packed house in the main auditorium at Newtown High School enjoyed the performances.

The students on Saturday danced to the music of many of Broadway’s most famous productions including Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, and Grease, among others.

The recital also represented a night of celebration since many of the Academy’s students won medals in the North American Irish Dance Championships, held in Nashville, Tenn.

Two students were also recognized as World Qualifiers. Trey Ruffles of Danbury and Piper Normand of Canton qualified in December to compete at the World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this year.

Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance has been in existence for eight years in Newtown on Simm Lane. It is directed by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers themselves, collectively holding many regional, national, and international titles.

Students of The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance appear to defy gravity as they participate in the award-winning dance studio’s 8th Annual Irish Dance Recital. “Under The Marquee” was presented for a packed house on May 18. —Bee Photos, Glass
Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance students channel the Rockettes during their annual recital last weekend.
The ladies in pink dazzled the audience with their confetti bombs during one number.
Owen Sheehan, 9, was seen sporting his purple bow tie and suspenders as he stood for a photograph during the intermission of the “Under the Marquee.”
Rori Carty, 5, is in her first year of Irish dancing and was all smiles when posing for a photograph during last weekend’s Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance recital.
The Irish dancers took their bows at the conclusion of the 8th Annual Irish Dance Recital May 18, presented to a full house of very appreciative audience members.