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February 20, 2014

She's got the beat!

Local girl shines in world tap dancing competition

Kylie Seymour of Bradford has been dancing on stages since she could walk, but nothing could compare to this.

Kylie, a junior at Whittier Regional High School, competed at the annual World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany.

She was part of a dance troupe from North Andover which finished third in the world, bringing home a bronze medal from the December competition.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Kylie said. “It has inspired me to push myself harder than ever before. It opened my eyes to the fact that even though all of the people I was competing against may not speak the same language or live the same lifestyle, we all share the same love for tap dancing.”

Known as “the Olympics of tap dance,” the International Dance Organization event drew participants from more than 30 countries who competed in three age categories for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Kylie was among 73 dancers from Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studio in North Andover to travel to Germany for the competition, which was Dec. 2 through Dec. 7. She competed in the age 15 and older (adult) team from Chippendale’s, called “Mad Circus,” which won the bronze medal. The junior team from Chippendale’s won a silver medal.

In another event during the five-day competition, Kylie was part of a small group in the adult division called “Kick the Can” which placed 19th in the world. She also assisted with a children’s group from Chippendale’s that won a gold medal.

“I was really excited about that,” she said.

In all, the team from Chippendale’s studio came home with five gold medals, three silver and two bronze.

While in Germany, Kylie visited a school in the town of Riesa, where she spoke to students, comparing her teenage lifestyle to that of the Germans.

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