Blakey School of Irish Dance students Megan Lauridsen (left)

Blakey School of Irish Dance students Megan Lauridsen (left)

Singing telegrams celebrate St. Patty’s

Students from the Blakey School of Irish Dance are delivering Lepregrams

Local Irish dancers are leaping to deliver smiles in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Between now and March 17, students from the Blakey School of Irish Dance, which operates out of Vernon and Kelowna, are jigging their way to offices and homes to deliver Lepregrams.

What’s a Lepregram, you ask?

It’s a take on a singing telegram, but instead of performing a song, some of the school’s dancers will deliver a balloon, a short message of luck, and perform an authentic Irish jig for the recipient.

“This is a fun and unique way to surprise friends, family and co-workers,” said Vernon’s Jennifer Yeo, mom of Blakey student Hannah Paracholski.

“The girls will adjust their schedules to do the Lepregrams, and are flexible to deliver them most of time during the day and evening.”

Proceeds from the Lepregrams are going to assist with travel costs for the Blakey dancers who recently qualified to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships.

The event will take place in Anaheim, Calif. in July.

Three of the dancers are from Vernon, including Paracholski, 15, Megan Lauridsen, 15, and 10-year-old Mariya Blades.

Those wishing to support the girls and order a Lepregram (cost is $25 per jig) can book an appointment by calling or texting Alison Lauridsen at 250-307-5111. They can also e-mail

For a video of the girls delivering a Lepregram in Vernon Friday, visit