Congratulation to Tiana Haughton who has won two World Championship titles in Irish dancing along with her team-mates. Tiana competed at the recent Irish Dancing World Championships in London. She and her team beat off stiff competition to win World Championship titles in both the U-16 ceili and figure events and fourth place in the U-19 ceili competition.
Tiana trains at the Carey Academy in Birmingham five times a week. It has developed many world class dancers under the tutelage of John Carey, who has appeared in Riverdance and other productions. Tiana and the other dancers had elaborate costumes specially made for the ceili and the girls wear fake tan and full make up to give more stage presence.
Tiana, from Year 10, said: ‘The figure, called Ladies Day, is a dance for 16 people. It tells the story of a two sisters from Cork who go to the races; one won the best dressed prize and the other picked the winning horse, which is acted out in the dance. The ceili is a more traditional dance for eight people.’
‘World championships are held once a year and I have competed in about five of them. They don’t get easier the more you compete because everyone is training at the same level so, as they get better, you have to work harder to improve as well. We have been working on the dances for over a year and are already practising the ones for the Great Britain Championships 2014, All Scotlands 2015, All Irelands 2015 and World Championships 2016. We do around two or three hours of dancing a night at the Academy and it is something that I would love to do professionally.’