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The 2000 Australian National Irish Dancing Championships are being organised by the AIDA Queensland Branch and will be held on the Gold Coast, from Monday 3 July  to Sunday 9 July 2000 inclusive. This competition is only open to Australian dancers, who are registered with their affiliated State bodies.

This will be the fifth occasion on which Queensland has hosted such a Championship but will be the first time that this event has been held on the Gold Coast.

The venue
will be the Gold Coast Arts and Entertainment Centre, Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise which is directly behind the Surfers Paradise Shopping strip. Due to the Olympic Games being held in Australia in the year 2000 the AIDA has decided to conduct this Championship in the month of July so that we don't coincide with the Games.

The 2000 National Championship will be held over a period of seven days commencing on Monday 3rd July and concluding on Sunday 9th July 2000. There will be solo championships for both boys and girls together with ceili and the very popular figure dance sections. Timetable is now available through here.


Tickets for spectators will be available from the venue from Monday July 3.
Ticket Prices are listed hereunder and are obtained from the Arts Centre Office located below the Arts Café. No entry tickets can be obtained from inside the Arts Centre

Day Pass $10-00
3 Day Pass $25-00
6 Day Pass $50-00
Concession Day Pass $8-50
Child Occupying a Seat $5-00
Child Week Pass $28-00

The Gold Coast caters for every type of accommodation - from 5 star hotels, apartments, units, motels and caravan parks. Legends Hotel, Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise is offering a very good accommodation package for those persons attending the National Championships. Booking forms can be obtained from any state branches or by faxing AIDA Qld. on 07-5563-8590. A list of other accommodation deals has been sent to all the states and any further information can be obtained from the Gold Coast Website, links provided here.

- for the 2000 Nationals will be: Tony Nolan - Limerick
Isabella Fogarty - Dublin
Dan Armstrong - Belfast
Mollie Farrelly - Dublin
and the musicians will again be: Gerry Conlon - Glasgow
Seamus O'Sullivan - Glasgow

Entry Fees for the 2000 Australian Championships are: Solo - $27.50
Ceili & Figure - $5.00 per team member
Closing date for entries - 31st May 2000

The Championships' Merchandise stall will operate from Monday 3 July. (Operating from 10 am - until 2.30 pm.
T-shirts  $20-00
Programs $10-00
AIDA Sample Bag $18-00
Shoe Bag  $15-00

Practice Room – The Skylight Room

- available from the Monday and entry is from outside the Arts Centre, left hand side bottom of the steps. No practise will be allowed in the foyer.

Conditions & Rules of Entry to the 2000 AIDA Championship

1. Seating is by general admission and no seats may be reserved. All bags and costumes on seats will be removed. AIDA will provide a storage area for costumes.
2. Only the audience holding a ticket and competitors entered on the day will be guaranteed seats. 
3. Audience must be seated at all times while competitors are performing and no standing will be permitted in the aisles.
4. Doors will remain closed while music is being played.
5. Instructions of stewards and Arts Centre staff must be complied with at all times
6. Parents are responsible for the children in their charge. No running or playing will be tolerated in the foyer of the Arts Centre and offenders will be banned from the Championships. This will be strictly supervised by the Art Centre staff and AIDA will not be held responsible for anyone who is unable to compete as a result of his or her behaviour.
7. Food or drink must not be taken into or consumed in the Auditorium.
8. All mobile phones must be switched off when entering the Auditorium.


     Gold Coast City Council

Section Sponsors:

AIDA Queensland would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2000 Australian Championships. Without your support we would not be in a position to stage such an event.

Solo Championships

Sub-Minor Girls 8 Yrs
Sub-Minor Boys 8 Yrs
Minor Girls 9 Yrs
Minor Girls 10 Yrs
Minor Boys 9-10 Yrs
Junior Girls 11 Yrs
Junior Girls 12 Yrs
Junior Boys 11-12 Yrs
Intermediate Girls 13 Yrs
Intermediate Girls 14 Yrs
Intermediate Boys 13-14 Yrs
Senior Girls 15 Yrs
Senior Girls 16 Yrs
Senior Boys 15-16 Yrs
Junior Ladies 17 Yrs
Junior Ladies 18 Yrs
Junior Mens 17 & 18 Yrs
Ladies 19 & 20 Years
Mens  19 & 20 Years
Senior Ladies Championship
Senior Mens Championship
- Surfside Bus Lines
- David Laws ADCRG NSW
- Lynagh Studio Qld.
- Chase Studio Qld 
- AIDA Nth Qld. Sub Committee
- Dibsdalls Pty Ltd
- Surfside Bus Lines

- Able Scale Service Qld
-  AIDA Victorian Branch
- Nellie Kellys Surfers Paradise

- Anglers' Arms Hotel, Southport

- Kilkenny
- Guinness

Figure Dance Championships

Under 11 Yrs – 8 Hand Girls
Under 11 Yrs - 8 Hand Mixed
Under 13 Yrs – 4 Hand Mixed
Under 13 Yrs - 8 Hand Girls
Under 13 Yrs - 8 Hand Mixed
Under 13 Yrs – Figure Dance
Under 16 Yrs - 4 Hand Mixed
Under 16 Yrs - 8 Hand Girls
Under 16 Yrs – Figure Dance
Open – 4 Hand Girls
Open–4 Hand Choregraphy Girls
Open-4 Hand Choregraphy Mixed
Open Senior Figure Dance
- Crocker School
- Burdekin Celtic Dancers, Ayr
- Dibsdalls Pty Ltd
- QIA/Moloney Dancers Brisbane
- Burdekin Celtic Dancers
- Watkins Academy 
- Dibsdalls Pty Ltd
- Georgia Bacchiaz, Qld.
- McMahon & Davis Families Qld.
- QIA/Maloney Dancers Brisbane
- QIA/Moloney Dancers Qld
- Gilhooleys Hotel, Brisbane
- Nellie Kellys Surfers Paradise


AIDA Queensland held a Design Competition for the logo for the 2000 Australian Irish Dancing Championship. The competition was open for all to enter and offered a prize of $300-00 for the winning entry.

The winners were -

1st Prize    -    Clinton Smith
2nd Prize   -    Ben Wharton
Congratulations to the both of you - Ben's "Dolphin Dan" was used as the mascot during the preparations for the Championships, appearing on letterhead and notepads. Here he is here. Well done, Ben!
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