Double delight for tap dancers

11 year-old Madison Kirkham, of The Hawthorns in St Annes, has been selected to perform for the England team at the World Tap Dancing Championships held in Germany this December.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 1-11-2013
11 year-old Madison Kirkham, of The Hawthorns in St Annes, has been selected to perform for the England team at the World Tap Dancing Championships held in Germany this December. PIC BY ROB LOCK 1-11-2013

Fylde tap dancers seeking international acclaim are like London buses – you wait ages for one then two come along at once.

Just weeks after St Annes-trained teenager Owen Broughton was featured in The Express after being named in the England squad for December’s World Championships in Germany, 11-year-old Madison Kirkham has been picked to represent her country.

The Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College student is just one of a handful of dancers to be selected for the England team, having impressed for regional tap dancing group the North Associates.

Proud mum Rachel, who helps to train her daughter at the Lytham Academy of Performing Arts at Lytham YMCA, said she was “delighted” Madison had been picked.

She added: “Madison was asked to take part in an audition in June.

“A few weeks later she got the call to say she would be part of the squad. Initally England weren’t going to take a junior team but the organisers changed their minds and entered a children’s team.

“Madison is one of the youngest of about five kids going.”

The World Championships in the town of Riesa in Germany is a week-long competition with athletes from across the world competing, including China, the United States of America and Russia.

For talented Madison, it is not her first brush with international success.

The talented mover was asked to attend the world-famous Italia Conti Theatre School in London. Despite various attempts, including several appeals in the Lytham St Annes Express, the youngster missed out on going to the school due to funding issues, with similar problems faced at national level.

Rachel added: “Even thought it is England, tap dancing isn’t recognised by Sport England for funding.

“We’re having to pay for the trip ourselves. If anyone reading wants to support us, we’d be very grateful.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Madison can contact Rachel on 07799 748843.