Katy Foxcroft receives community champion award

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Katy Foxcroft, one of our champion dancers, was presented with the 2016 GMC Community Champion Award last week.

The award was presented to Katy by her dance teacher Monica Larking for competing in competitions for the academy and performing for numerous charity and community events in London for 10 years. She continues to be an inspiration to younger dancers here at the academy.

Jessica Carragher, co-founder of Carragher Academy, has taught Katy for the past 10 years and has done the choreography for Katy’s performances in competitions, where she has gone on to win 35 championship titles.

On receiving the award, Katy said: “I enjoy Irish dancing so much with everyone at the academy because it’s like we are all a family. Any dancer in this room can achieve the same success that I have had as long as they put their mind and efforts to it.”

Congratulations Katy!

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Join us for our fundraising night on 19 March

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Come and join us for a night of music and dance on Saturday 19 March the Nag’s Head in Camberwell.  All the money raised will go to the Academy to help students buy costumes and participate in upcoming championships.

A great year and looking forward to 2016!

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2015 has been a great year for Carragher Academy! We ended the year with many dancers as champions and secured multiple top place finishes.

The Academy has taken part in the Scotland and European Championships and also gained 3 British Open Champions in May; well done to Katy Foxcroft, Megan Rogers and Taylor Slattery! The best and most fulfilling part was seeing our new generation of dancers win. We also performed at this year’s Bermondsey Carnival.

Our fundraising efforts have also been successful. We held a Danceathon in June a more fundraisers throughout the year. We are grateful to our patron, Prem Goyal, for match-funding our efforts and his continued support.

In addition, Prem’s support and advice has helped us secure a new training space at the Beormund Centre and we are looking forward to another year of success.

Everyone at Carragher Academy wishes you the very best for 2016!

Carragher Academy succeeds at European Championships

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Our dancers achieved a spectacular result at the Celtic Association of Irish Dance European Championships last Monday, with two of our dancers, Katy Foxcroft and Erin Healey, winning championship trophies.

The championships, held in Essex this year, attract the best Irish dance schools from across the continent and our academy has achieve good results in the competition before.

After winning her championship trophy, Erin said: “I’m blown away. This is without a doubt one of the proudest moments of my life. I want to thank everyone at the academy and my family for supporting me.”

Many of our dancers also came third, forth and fifth in their respective categories, with many more earning places in the top 10.

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Our patron, Prem Goyal, said: “The Academy’s talented dancers have made London and the UK proud again with their tremendous result at the European Championships. Their success means that Bermondsey is slowly becoming the nation’s capital for Irish dancing. I offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the dancers on their success this year”.

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Enjoy a great night of music and dance with us

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Come and join the community and Carragher Irish Dance Academy for a night of music and dance on Saturday 5 July. Carragher Academy, an Irish Dance School in Bermondsey, has produced many national Irish dancing champions in the past few years.  All the money raised will go to the Academy to help students participate in upcoming National Championships.

Carragher Academy Win 19th National Title

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Megan Rogers, one of our most talented Irish dancers, has won the National Championships for the under-9’s category.

Megan’s amazing performance means that the academy won its 19th National Championship, something we are extremely proud of.

Our other dancers also performed well during the championships, achieving many top 5 finishes.

Congratulations to Megan and all our dancers who took part.

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Carragher Academy organise successful Irish Dance London Open

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We organised a very successful Irish Dance London Open 2014 last week, inviting 23 dance schools from across the capital to participate in the special tournament

Overall, 200 dancers participated in the event, which drew an amazing crowd of over 400 people.

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All the dancers had a great time at the event and enjoyed the friendly competition between the different schools.

Our patron, Prem Goyal, welcomed guests and officially declared the start of the competition. He said he was inspired by the dancers’ competitive, but sporting, spirit.

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Everyone had a great time and we received fantastic feedback from competitors, parents and supporters alike. A special well done to Sarah and Jessica Carragher for continuing to make Southwark and London proud.

4 new champions crowned at Southern Regional Championships

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Last weekend, our Irish dancers again achieved tremendous success competing in the Southern Regional Championships.

Everyone at the academy is incredibly proud that we came back with four championship trophies.

All of our dancers put on amazing performances, leading us to many 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes across the board.

A massive congratulations to all the girls who took part!

Our next competition is on 26th April and we are sure that we will crown many more champions at the event.

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Carragher Academy’s Irish Dancers celebrate St Patrick’s Day

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A selection of our academy’s Irish dancers took part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in London this weekend.

We even made the Belfast News with the above picture!

The school is also competing this weekend in a competition in Scotland.

We wish all our dancers the very best of luck!

Taking part in Southwark’s Diversity Celebration

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We took part in a community celebration yesterday. About 10 of our dancers performed in front of 300 people including councillors, community champions and families from South London at Southwark’s Diversity Celebration.

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It was a great day. We enjoyed being part of the celebration and look forward to the next one. Thanks to our patron, Prem Goyal, for inviting us.