Year 8 student Tiana Haughton is celebrating after being part of a dance team that were placed second and third in competitions at the World Irish Dancing championships. Tiana, from Year 8, took part in the event in Belfast, which attracted 4,300 dancers, with her team clinching third place for the ceili and second for the figure event.
It is a real achievement as she has only been dancing with the Carey Academy in Birmingham for the past six months, being tutored by world champion dancers John Carey and Catriona Hale who appeared in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
Tiana, who has been dancing for the past ten years, devotes hours to developing her skill, travelling to Birmingham for four sessions each week and practising at home. She has taken part in the World Championships before with her former dance school based in Coventry, but 2012 has been her most successful year ever.
She gave a display of Irish dancing during assembly at Brooke Weston and said of the World Championships: ‘The dances were tricky to learn as you had to do everything in sequence and be spot-on with your timing. For the ceili I was in a team of eight dancing the cross reel and when we got the recall we did the St Patrick’s Day. The figure is a dance for 16 that tells a story and ours was called Midsummer’s Eve.
'We were given trophies for the dance school. Each competitor automatically received a certificate and each member of our team was also presented with individual medals for our second and third places. I really like Irish dancing as it keeps you quite fit and I have been doing it since I was three. The hardest thing is keeping your arms still! I want to carry on with it, possibly studying it at higher education and maybe even having a career in dance.’