Perf. Arts

Trinity Dancers win gold at World Championships



By TimeOut Staff

May 22, 2014

WAUKESHA - The Trinity Irish Dancers recently returned from the World Irish Dance Championships in London, England, where they captured a highly coveted gold medal in the Minor Girls Figure U13 team category.  

The team included Waukesha County participants Lydia Fredrick, 12, of New Berlin, and Elizabeth Oliver, 13, of Elm Grove.  

Fredrick has been dancing for 9 years. She is a three-time world qualifier, has placed as high as ninth at the National Championships and fifth at the Midwest Championships. Fredrick was co-captain of the U13 world champion team.  

Oliver has been Irish dancing since age 4. She is a seventh-grader at Pilgrim Park Middle School.    

The competition in England was the 44th annual and boasted more than 5,000 dancers from five continents, according to a release. It’s Trinity’s 14th team gold medal and its first gold since 2011.  

“It was an uphill battle for these dancers,” said coach Anne McCarthy, who has coached four Trinity teams to gold medals. “Things went wrong initially on stage due to a spacing issue. (But) I’ve never seen a group of 11- and 12-year olds in an international competition get better after a problem. The team got better and better during the dance and delivered for the audience, the judges and themselves. Their performance ended with cheers from the crowd and World title for the United States.”