Tap Dance 4 time World Champ
In November 2022, 16-year-old Rendcomb College student Katie took part in the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Croatia representing Team GB!
When Katie was 4 years old she started dancing after watching her older sister learn to dance. She told me her “parents thought I would hate it because I was a bit of a tomboy when I was younger, but I loved it!”. Ever since Katie has been dancing and working hard to further her dancing ambitions, and currently trains with Tap Attack.
At the world championships, Katie performed a solo, in which she placed an impressive 13th overall globally, and a formation piece with her team who won for the category and got another world championship. This year, in total they won four golds, seven silvers, and five bronzes.
Katie and her team have been competing at the championship for Team GB since 2017, and are 4-time world champions! This is extremely impressive considering there are about 1300 dancers representing 18 countries who attend the championship each year. Hundreds of dancers audition from all over the UK to represent Team GB, with tap attack being the organiser for Tap dance competitors.
While attending sixth form at Rendcomb College Katie takes part in Lacrosse and Hockey, which she enjoys alongside her regular dance practise. With amazing commitment and passion, Katie dances every night and trains with Team GB every Sunday.
Furthermore, she has managed to balance her love for sports with academics, pursuing biology, physics and Spanish for her A-Levels. Katie also commented that she has made some very good friends at sixth form who she loves spending time with and who are a major part of her experience at the college. Like others, she has experienced a welcoming warm community, which aims to support pupils and help them thrive in all aspects. She would like to go on from Rendcomb College to join a dance college and continue with her dancing career.
We wish Katie all the best with her dancing career going forwards!
What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great athlete?
- I am really stubborn, I never give up, I always work very hard… and I always have too much energy, which is great for dancing!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- I want to be working on a cruise ship, sailing around the world to different countries and dancing in shows on the ship.
Rendcomb College has a fabulous dance studio as part of the Griffin Theatre complex where pupils can train and have lessons. To find out more information about our dance provision, please click here.