This year three children, one of whom is a Watford primary school student, will represent Southern England in a worldwide dancing competition.
Keelan Skehill-White, from St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School in Watford, alongside sibling Reagan Skehill-White from Parmiter’s School and Keeley Ward, will represent southern England in the World Irish Dancing Championships 2019, held in Greensborough, North Carolina.
The world championships are like the Olympics of Irish dance and is the most prestigious of competitions, attracting the best of Irish dancers from around the world.
Skehill Academy is a family run school and has been in Watford and the surrounding areas since 1970, teaching a good balance of competition and show dancing. Their priority is for all pupils to enjoy their dancing, whether they aspire to become a champion dancer, perform a dance show, or simply dance for fun.
All three dancers are focused, training hard at class five days a week to ensure they are ready to compete at this high level.
Keelan said: “I’m so excited and can’t wait to dance at the world championships, I just want to make my teachers proud when I perform on stage.”
Reagan added: “There’s only weeks left until we leave for America, the training programme has increased and I’m determined to be the best I can possibly be.
“I really appreciate the support from all my teachers, my family and all of the dancing class who have supported our fundraising events – it wouldn’t be possible without them.”
Skehill teachers, Moira Skehill, Lorna Skehill and Louise Skehill-Cameron said they are very proud of Reagan, Keelan and Keeley and are also proud of the support given by all pupils and parents in helping to raise funds to send the three dancers to America.
They added: “Wishing Reagan, Keelan and Keeley the best of Luck!”