young Irish dancers from Leeds are hot-stepping it to the big city to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships, where they will compete against some of the top talent from around the globe.
The five dancers have packed their pristine brightly coloured costumes and Irish dance shoes in readiness for the London-based competition, which starts on Sunday and runs until April 20.
Alex Winfield, 13, Hannah Stone, 17, Scott Cordon, 24, Amie Stone, 20 and Matthew Sellers, 11, train at the Joyce-O’Donnell School of Dancing, which is based at Leeds Irish Centre and also has classes in Cross Gates.
The youngsters, who all hail from Leeds, except Alex who is from South Elmsall, qualified for the championships by placing in the top ten British in their relative age groups.
Tutor Susan Joyce, said: “They train really hard, many times each week. This is the most prestigious event in Irish dancing, as all competitors must have qualified in regional or national championships to take part.
“It is also the first time the event has taken place in England, which adds to the excitement.”
“The boys attended last year’s World Championships which were held in Boston, USA and all three placed in the top ten. This year, they are hoping to build on that success, as are the girls.”
She said the world championships was extremely tough competition where the youngsters were pushed to their limit.