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Dorridge girl, 10, is World Irish Dancing champion

Dorridge school girl Alliyah O’Hare has become the under 11s World Irish Dancing champion.

11 year-old World Irish Dancing champ from Dorridge, Alliyah O'Hare with her trophy.
11 year-old World Irish Dancing champ from Dorridge, Alliyah O'Hare with her trophy.

Dorridge school girl Alliyah O’Hare is high-stepping her way to success – after becoming the under 11s World Irish Dancing champion.

The ten-year-old, who lives in Poplar Road with mum Fiona, dad Brendan and brothers Keiran and Callum, excelled last week at the 44th World Irish Dancing Championships.

Held in London for the first time, more than 5,000 competitors battled it out to be crowned champions.

Alliyah, who goes to Dorridge Junior School and attends the Scanlon School of Irish dance in Birmingham, is no stranger to success.

She has already scooped the prestigious All Ireland, All Scotland and Great Britain titles. Proud mum Fiona said: “I’m over the moon.

“She’s worked so hard and it’s an incredible achievement.

“Her teachers have worked so hard for her and she loves it, it’s fun for her.”

Billed as the ‘Olympics’ of Irish dancing, the eight-day event took place at the London Hilton Metropole and was hosted by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha.

The opening ceremony was attended by world famous Irish dancer Michael Flatley, while the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said the event was a “vital boost to London’s economy”.

Throughout the eight days of competition, dancers competed in solo, ceilí, choreography and dance drama categories in a variety of age groups.

 

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