Fifteen local Irish dancers, ranging in ages from 6 to 17 years old, from the Mo Cushla Academy of Irish Dance will compete at the 2009 Southern Region Oireachtas, hosted by The Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America Southern Region in Dallas.

The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The competition, which will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, will have 1407 competitors representing 60 schools from 14 states, Washington D.C. and Mexico, along with 14 musicians and 15 adjudicators from Canada, Ireland, England, Australia and the United States.

The Mo Cushla dancers will compete in both solo and team competitions. Four of the dancers are veteran Oireachtas competitors with three North American Irish Dance Championships qualifiers and one World Championships qualifier from previous years. Dancers are invited to compete at the Oireachtas by the school directors.

The following dancers have been chosen to represent the Mo Cushla Academy of Irish Dance:

Taylor Hatridge (Ninth Grade, Carroll High School) - Solo and Team Competitions Brianna Hoelscher (Fifth Grade, Windsor Park Elementary School) - Solo and Team Competitions Paige Lanam (Sixth Grade, Calallen Independent School District) - Solo and Team Competitions Katy Netti (Freshman, Del Mar College) - Solo and Team Competitions Taylor Stephens (Ninth Grade, Flour Bluff High School) - Solo and Team Competitions Saundra Strickland (Seventh Grade, Haas Middle School) - Solo and Team Competitions Victoria Wilson (Fifth Grade, Chula Vista Elementary School) - Solo and Team Competitions Lameece Al-Akash (Fifth Grade, Mireles Elementary School) - Team Competitions Genevieve Cox (First Grade, Windsor Park Elementary School) - Team Competitions Julie Graves (Fifth Grade, Windsor Park Elementary School) - Team Competitions Grace Hatridge (Third Grade, Windsor Park Elementary School) - Team Competitions Isabella Jarvis (Fifth Grade, CC Montessori Elementary School) - Team Competitions Annie Morrow (Third Grade, Chula Vista Elementary School) - Team Competitions Maggie Neuberger (First Grade, Windsor Park Elementary School) - Team Competitions Tyler Wilson (Fifth Grade, Faye Webb Elementary School) - Team Competitions.

The Mo Cushla Academy of Irish Dance holds classes in Corpus Christi on Thursdays and Fridays as well as Saturday workshops. Abbey Pride, T.C.R.G. and Joni Muggivan, T.C.R.G. are the dance school directors. Registration is open all year long.

For more information on the dance school, please go to their website www.mocushla.com or email info@mocushla.com.

For more information on the 2009 Southern Region Oireachtas, please go to http://idtana-southernregion.com.