Kings Langley student, Keeley Ward, is to represent Southern England in the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships alongside two other dancers at her academy.
The Skehill Acadamy has three young dancers – Reagan Skehill-White, Keelan Skehill-White and Keeley Ward – attending the world championships in Greensborough, North Carolina.
All three dancers are training five days a week to ensure that they are ready to compete at the prestigious competition.
Keeley, a pupil at Kings Langley School, says that she is “determined” and focussed.
She said: “I work out every morning, attend five classes minimum each week and train at the gym also. I’m determined to be on top form for the World Championships.”
The World Championships have been described as the “Olympics of Irish dance” which attracts the best Irish dancers from around the world.
The family run academy, which runs out of Watford, has been present in the community since 1970.
The schools priority for all pupils is to enjoy their dancing and is open for anyone who would like to dance for fun or to achieve their dream to be a champion dancer.
Louise Skehill-Cameron who is a teacher at the academy, alongside Moira Skehill and Lorna Skehill, says that everyone is so proud of the three dancers.
She said: “We are all very proud of Keeley, Reagan and Keelan and are also proud of the support given by all pupils and parents who are helping to raise funds to send the three dancers to America.”
The school have had a number of fundraising events over the past year to raise money so the three qualifiers can attend the competition.
The next event is an ‘Irish night’ on March 9 at Woodside Community Centre, 48 The Brow, Garston, Watford, WD25 7ET, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
Ticket prices are £10.