hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

School News

February 20, 2014

She's got the beat!

Local girl shines in world tap dancing competition


“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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
School News
  • Schools protect students with food allergies Posted 20 days ago
  • hunking2

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Dena Papanikolaou, a parent organizer, talks to parents packing a room to hear about a proposal for the new school to replace Hunking. This February meeting was a kickoff to their campaign. 2/6/14

    Bradford to get new school Posted 41 days ago 2 Photos
  • 140606_et_tje_havgrad_13

    Graduates applaud and cheer for their classmates.

    'Hillie Nation' celebrates the Class of 2014 Posted 41 days ago 6 Photos
  • Write Away!! Contest celebrates 23rd year Posted 41 days ago
  • 140603_HG_MSC_HUNKING

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Lisa Prendergast, left, and Melissa Seavey stand with Lisa's son John, 7, as he holds a sign in support of a new school to replace Hunking School. In the background is the Hunking.

    If voters approve, new school project starts in spring Posted 48 days ago 1 Photo
  • 140529_HG_CRU_WHITTIER_29

    CARL RUSSO/Staff photo Jonathan Maker, right, of Rowley, Whittier Regional High's valedictorian at this year's graduation ceremony, and his father, Donny Maker, a graduate of Whittier's Class of 1974, hug before the ceremony.

    Father and son graduate from Whittier 40 years apart Posted 48 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • 140522_HG_HAND_ALINA

    Courtesy photo Russian exchange student Alina Skripets, 17, plays the character Annabella in the Haverhill High School senior class production of Alfred Hitchock's "The 39 Steps." At left is senior Alex Zylkuski in the role of Richard Hannay.

    From Russia to Haverhill Posted 55 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • necc2

    TIM JEAN/Staff photos Hayley Carlin and Elizabeth Simpson, both of Methuen, give the thumbs up sign at the start of the graduation ceremony.

    NECC graduation generates excitement Posted 62 days ago 6 Photos
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • 140429_ET_ASW_TREE_3

    Tom Minichiello of the Haverhill Exchange Club helps the students in Judy Reilly's first-grade class sort, bag and tag pine saplings, for distribution by the club to first-graders in Haverhill, Groveland and Salem, N.H.

    Tiny trees for tiny kids Posted 69 days ago 4 Photos
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014
  • 140502_HG_RHU_HEARTS_004

    Sacred Hearts first-grader Grace Wafford shows off her image of what she thinks she will look like at 75 years old.

    Cherishing the past, celebrating the present Posted 76 days ago 5 Photos

Photos of the Week