Dancer steps onto the world stage with win

Young Irish dancer Rose McDowell, from Cramlington, with her trophy.
Young Irish dancer Rose McDowell, from Cramlington, with her trophy.

A young Cramlington dancer has taken first place at a top event in the United States.

Rose McDowell flew to Orlando to compete in the North American Nationals for Irish Dancing (NAIDC).

The win was huge for Rose, but by no means came by luck.

Mum Jane Hardy said: “She currently dances at her school four times a week doing three-hour sessions, and takes part in weekend classes.”

The ten-year-old started dancing in her birthplace of Dublin when she was six, before moving to Cramlington and joining The Kelly Hendry School of Irish Dance in Blaydon.

Jane said: “The win in America was amazing for her as she is a small, shy girl from Cramlington. She’s so clever at school that I’ve said she can join the Riverdance and then become a doctor.”

The NAIDC is a world qualifier event and Rose’s dancing school donated towards her costs.

The young competitor led the event from start to finish, and came first in the under 11 category. She also achieved sixth place in the 2018 World Championships in Glasgow.

The family only fundraise for the dancer to take place in world championships, self-funding her other competitions.

It comes at a cost, but Jane says it is worth every penny to see her little girl shine on stage.

She said: “She’s made so many new friends that it’s actually changed her in a way as she’s really come out of her shell – she’s a different person.”