Students and staff at a dance school in Warrington are preparing for the World Irish Dancing Championships taking place this weekend.
The Robinson Irish Dance Academy will take four dancers to the prestigious event to be held at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, students and staff at the dance school are excited to travel to Belfast.
Emma and Nicola Robinson, teachers at the dance school, have danced in more than 20 championships themselves and say they couldn’t be prouder of their own students.
They added: “We are so excited for the children to have this experience, they have worked so hard and we are proud of their commitment and desire to succeed.
“It is such a defining moment for us as a school to have dancers competing at the highest level and we look forward to our future as we build and grow our school of dance here in Warrington.”
Jacob McHugh is one of the students who will dance in the final.
He said, “I’m nervous but very excited, especially after it’s been canceled so many times, that we can finally dance on this big stage after all the hard work we’ve put in.”
Another finalist, Holly Davies said: “After two years of waiting, I can’t wait to get up and perform on the world stage.
“Although a little nervous, I’m very excited to be dancing with the rest of my team after all the practice leading up to the World Championships.”
This is the first time that Robinson Irish Dance Academy has qualified for the championships which take place on Sunday 10th April.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
Academy student and runner-up Alexia Kou said, “It almost doesn’t feel real! It’s something that I, at six years old, would have dreamed of doing.
And fourth runner-up Nicholas Kou added: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience, I hope I’m proud of myself.”