“They spoke English really well and understood everything,” she said. “They were fascinated by us. It was an amazing experience.”
She also visited sites in Dresden, Meissen and Berlin, including Checkpoint Charlie, a well-known crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. She met John Emerson, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, at a tree lighting ceremony.
“We told him we were the United States tap team,” Kylie said. “He and his wife thought it was so cool.”
Her father, JayR Seymour, accompanied her on the trip, while her mother, Kim Seymour and brother Zach, 11, watched a live stream of the competition on a computer at the family’s Bradford home.
“They have been there every step of the way, always driving me everywhere to performances, classes and competitions and cheering for me at every one,” Kylie said of her family.
In addition to practicing on Sunday mornings in preparation for the competition in Germany, Kylie is a student teacher at Chippendale’s and also attends dance classes there five days a week. She also works part time as a teacher’s assistant at Little Sprouts learning center for young children in Haverhill.
Recently, she had the opportunity to enroll in challenging masters classes at Chippendale’s with instructor Chloe Arnold, whom she greatly admires.
“She gives me motivational tips and tells me great stories,” Kylie said. “Her classes amaze me and I always come out with a smile on my face. Tap dancing is my favorite. I love the rhythms and creating my own steps.”
Kylie studies Early Education and Childcare at Whittier, where she is an honors student. Her French teacher, Susannah DiMauro, said she was elated to learn Kylie would be visiting Europe. DiMauro attended a performance at the North Andover Theater which showcased the selected dances which Kylie’s team would perform in Germany.