Wichita girl takes 4th in world Irish dance competition

Published: Jul. 3, 2017 at 12:07 PM CDT
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A 14-year-old Wichita girl just returned from a world Irish dancing competition. Not only did she did she compete, she placed in the top five.

Corry Academy of Irish Dance in Andover is where one of the best Irish Dancers in the world trains.

Annabel Havers-Strong, also 14, has spent about half of her life dancing at Corry Academy.

On Sunday, she returned from the CRN World Irish Dancing Championships in Ireland. The Championships were June 23, but she stuck around in the UK to visit family.

Since no pictures or video were allowed, Annabel agreed to put on her costume and show us her dance.

This was her third trip to worlds. The first time she took 10th, last year she took 7th and this year she improved again, taking home 4th.

"When I was little, it was always a dream to go to the world championships, so I'm happy that I did that," said Annabel.

But she's not done. She dances well over 10 hours a week. Most of that is under the direction of Noreen Northrop, her instructor at Corry Academy.

"The scary thing for me is, 'am I good enough as her teacher to go the next step with her, to take her to that number one thing? Have I got the ability to put her on the right track?'" said Northrop.

She hopes her ascension from 10th to 7th to 4th will continue next year and she'll win 1st place.

"I love always having a goal to work on and always having something to improve on," said Annabel.

Her next competition is in two weeks, as she is already preparing her next step for Worlds in 2018.

There was another American in her age group who took home 8th place. First place went to a girl from Ireland.