Swindon tap dancers, Adina Nyahwa, Matt Pidgeon and Kai Scanlan have returned home from the recent 2013 International Dance Organisation World Tap Championships as World Champions.
The 3 dancers won 6 gold medals between them and made it England’s most successful year to date.
The tap dancers are part of 38 dancers from all over the country who formed part of the England Tap Team, which competed at the 17th Championships, held in Riesa, Germany from 3 to 7 December.
Adina and Matt came away with the title of World Champions, in the Adult Formation category alongside 20 other dancers from the team.
Matt continued the success by becoming the Junior World Champion in the solo category, junior duo category and junior small group category.
Matt 15, from Chiseldon and a pupil of The Ridgeway School, only auditioned to be part of Tap Attack in April this year. He has trained in Swindon and Reading every weekend and during the holidays to prepare for the competition.
Adina, 18, is a full time performing arts student at The Wilkes Academy. She has been a dancer with Tap Attack since 2008 and this was the 6th time she has competed at the World Championships.
“To be part of England’s most successful year is like a dream. We have worked so hard this year and for us to be crowned World Champions has made all of the hard work worth it”.
Kai Scanlan, 11 from Nine Elms is one of the youngest members of the team. The Brookfield School pupil successfully danced his way to the finals against dancers from Switzerland, Ukraine, South Africa, and the Czech Republic to be crowned World Champion in the Children’s Male Solo section.
England Head Coach and World Record breaking Tap Dancer Jo Scanlan said “Adina, Matt and Kai have worked extremely hard to firstly be selected for this year’s England Team, and then showed great determination, and sacrifice to be crowned World Champions.
"There are around 2000 tap dancers from nearly 20 countries and they should be very proud of their achievements”.
Pictured: from top, Adult Formation World Champions; Matt Pidgeon; Kai Scanlan