Celebrating 40 years of Excellence, Tradition & Integrity in Irish Dance
Home of the 2015 World Champion Senior Dance Drama
On April 3, 2015, 17 dancers, under the direction of Sheila Murphy Crawford and Maureen Cavanuagh, stepped onto the biggest stage of Irish Dance, The World Championships. This year, the Worlds were held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Representing the Murphy Irish Arts Center, the school's previous excellent Drama Teams, Cleveland, and the United States, the dancers performed the "Miracle on Whiskey Island." The dance had received a perfect score at the regional competition, the Mid-America Oireachtas, in November to qualify them to compete at Worlds. The story is about a family who has fallen upon difficult times in the late 1800s on Whiskey Island, near Cleveland, It takes magical fairies of the motherland, Ireland, to save the family from the ruthless landowner and his band of thugs. The team performed brilliantly, earning a score of 475 out of a possible 500 and becoming the World Champions!