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Irish dancing judge goes international

Janice Young, a local Irish dancing teacher, has been invited to travel to the United Kingdom to judge the World Irish Dance Championships this year. From March 24-31, Young will be in Glasgow, Scotland, as an adjudicator for this competition for the first time.

“It is such an honour to be one of 30 adjudicators from around the world that will all play a part in crowning the new World Champions, in both solo and team events,” says Young. She notes that this event holds a lot of prestige, and she will be seeing the talents of dancers from many countries.

Irish dance instructor Janice Young will travel to Scotland to serve as a judge during the World Irish Dance Championships from March 24 31 PHOTO Courtesy of Janice Young


Young has been involved in Irish dancing for almost four decades. She started as a dancer and competed for many years before entering the world of teaching and eventually judging. “In 2009, I received my teaching diploma from Ireland and opened my own dance school, the Young Academy of Irish Dance. We originally had one location in Verdun, Quebec; over the years the school has grown, and we now have classes in Ormstown, Chateauguay, NDG, Westmount, and an online studio,” she says. It was in 2016 that she received her adjudication certificate.

In the Valley, having access to Irish dance is important to Young. “With its history, tradition, and cultural integrity passed down from generation to generation, it has expanded from just a way for people to keep in touch with their Irish roots and has blossomed into a highly competitive sport,” she says. Not only that, but it allows dancers to travel the world and meet people that they share their passion. Plus, it helps to hone a variety of skills such as “goal setting, team spirit, inclusivity, time management, self-discipline, and the importance of how to win and lose graciously.”

Currently, Young is organizing a dance show at the Huntingdon Legion with her students from Ormstown and Chateauguay. Her dancers range from very experienced performers to people stepping on stage for the first time. “It is a great opportunity for my dancers to gain performance experience while giving back to their community,” she says.

More information about Young’s classes can be found online at youngacademyirishdance.com.

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