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Penn-Trafford student dances way into world Irish competition

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Penn-Trafford High School freshman Jordyn Haynes will compete at the World Championship of Irish Dance in Scotland in March.
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Penn-Trafford High School freshman Jordyn Haynes will compete at the World Championship of Irish Dance in Scotland in March.

Penn-Trafford High School freshman Jordyn Haynes, 15, will compete at the World Championship of Irish Dance in Glasgow, Scotland, in March, after learning recently of her qualification.

Haynes studies with Julia Bell at the Bell School of Irish Dance in Warrendale, according to a release.

Each year, U.S. dancers have the opportunity to qualify for the event at either the North American nationals and/or regional championships. Dancers must place in approximately the top 13 percent at either competition in order to qualify.

Haynes, a competitor in the recent Mid-America Regional Championships in Schaumburg, Ill., placed sixth out of approximately 120 dancers in her age group.

Dancers must first place in the top 50 percent after two rounds of dancing to advance to the third round or “set dance” to determine final placement, according to the release.

Haynes began dancing at the Burke-Conroy School of Irish Dance in 2007, and has competed at many local feisanna (competitions) on local, regional and international levels. Dancers must progress through five different levels of Irish dance, exhibiting master of required dances (reel, slip jig, light jig, hornpipe, and treble jig) to advance to the highest level of competition.

Scotland will host the world championship at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. More than 14,500 dancers and supporters are expected to travel to the city for the championships.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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