DEIRDRE GILLETTE, 19, has been Irish dancing for fifteen years and has been dancing with Trinity since the age of twelve. She is originally from Elmhurst, Illinois but resides in Madison, Wisconsin as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she hopes to earn a degree in Finance. Deirdre is a 9 time consecutive World Championship qualifier and has earned multiple medals at the World, All Ireland, Great Britain, and All Scotland Championships along with ranking top 5 nationally and regionally. In addition to competing, Deirdre danced with Trinity on the Martha Stewart Show and participated in an international festival in Belgium. She cannot wait to explore Japan and learn as much about its culture as possible. Deirdre has heard so many great things about Japan and cannot wait to see the beautiful country for herself!