Year 9’s Emily Thornber and her ceili team came away with world medals after storming into sixth place at the Irish Dancing World Championships in Montreal, Canada in March.

The team of eight girls qualified for the World Championships last November when they took a top-five position in the regional qualifiers.

emily thornber 2Emily began dancing when she was six years old, first trying solo Irish Dancing at an after-school club.  The real break came when she was chosen by her teacher to “have a go” at the World Championships in Glasgow in 2010.  She finished in third place, in what turned out to be the start of a whole series of successes!  After discovering a passion and a talent for Irish Dancing, she tried her hand at Ceili Dancing at the age of nine.  And what a lot of success she’s had in the last five years – competing in a grand total of five world championships!  Emily currently has two gold medals (meaning she’s a double World Champion), a third-place medal, a fourth-place medal and finally her sixth position this year.

Emily competes at a high standard in her solo rounds too, and regularly attends National competitions.

“The best thing about dancing is working hard together with friends,” said Emily, whose next major dance competition is in Manchester in July.  She will be dancing in her solo rounds and with her team at the British Nationals.  And the best thing about going to Montreal?  “Meeting loads of new people from all over the world…. and the shopping!”

Katie Milmore 10 Griffiths