Local Teens Heading to World Championships

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization. The girls will compete in one soft-shoe and two hardshoe dances, and will also join Santa Fe dancers Shannon and Caitlyn Kossmann and instructor Adrienne Bellis in the freestyle dance category, performing one of their popular non-traditional pieces. Belisama holds classes at the NMDT studio in Los Alamos. To learn more, visit www.belisamairishdance.com. Courtesy/ BDS


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