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CBA Dancer Lifts World Title

Irish dancer Roisin Curran has lifted a World Championship title.

The Year 7 student was part of the under 13s figure team that was named best in the world at the 40th Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow.

The student, who travels hundreds of miles a week to train at the Carey Academy in Birmingham, competed with her team against five other finalists to gain the title, which is the most sought after in the Irish Dance world.

She said: "When we were doing the five minute dance we knew that we were in with a chance as there were huge cheers from the crowd.

"But when the judges announced we were the winners, we were so amazed, and just could not stop screaming."

The team, which also included Roisin's younger sister Rebecca, was placed first by five of the seven judges and also awarded a second and third place.

Roisin has been dancing since the age of three, first training with the Costello School of Dance before moving to the Birmingham based Academy.

She trains three days a week in Birmingham and also practices most evenings at home.

She said: "I love everything about Irish Dancing, from the practising to the competitions and the costumes."

But it is not a cheap sport. Individual costumes for the top competitions can cost up to £1,000 and there is also the cost of travelling to competitions all over the UK.

Roisin is trained by John Carey, who was an original member of the Riverdance cast and also helped Michael Flatley choreograph Lord of the Dance.

Her ambition is to become a qualified dance teacher and hopefully also take to the stage.