Thirteen-year-old Trinity dancer takes gold medal in Dublin
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the local, 13-school network known for its high-caliber training, just garnered the last remaining Irish dancing medal it hadn’t already won.
April 18 at the World Irish Dance Championships in Dublin, 13-year-old Villa Park resident Peter Dziak received a boys’ gold medal in the Under 14 category, the first solo gold in Trinity’s 30-year history.
Chicagoan Michael Flatley was the first American to nab the honor in 1975. Flatley would go on to create Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and other stage shows, which in the late ’90s and early aughts brought him over $1 million per week in earnings, and warranted an insurance policy on his legs reportedly worth a cool $40 million.
Trinity is now the first and only North American school to have won each and every category at World Championship events. This year, the Under 13 team became the 11th Trinity team to win a world title since the school was founded 30 years ago. Chicago-area dancers on the team include: Taylor Calcagno, 11, of Elmhurst, Kara Clancy, 11, of Clarendon Hills, Grace Drinane, 11, of Glen Ellyn, Kasey Gelsomino, 11, of St. Charles, Moira Kramp, 13, of Arlington Heights, Maddie Monticello, 12, of Chicago/North Center, Samara Perkinson, 11, of Jefferson Park, Claire Scully, 13, of Arlington Heights and Skylar Tannenwald, 11, of Chicago/Lakeview.
From all of us at TOC Kids: Congratulations!
Want to learn an easy jig, the Irish Reel, with your little one(s)? Check out this how-to video we made for St. Patrick’s Day with Trinity instructor Shannon O’Sullivan, Ellie Arnoldt, 8, of Oriole Park and Emma Smith, 7, of Elmhurst.