Look out Riverdance!
FOUR Ipswich teenagers are proving to be a national hit in Irish dancing.
Patrick Watt, Catherine Keys and Emily Convery, all 17, combined with Braden Craven-Griffiths, 16, to win the open Australian title in the four-hand choreography category.
Ms Convery has a rich family history in Irish dancing and intends to pursue the art form long-term.
"When I was five years old I got involved in Irish dancing. My family is Irish and my cousin was an Irish dancer in Riverdance," she said.
"I saw her doing it and I always wanted to start it.
"The way I can express myself through dancing is the greatest feeling and allows me to put everything into it.
"It is a big commitment. I'd do up to eight hours a week of training but it is all worth it."
Ms Convery said the quartet are close off the dance floor and have an outstanding rapport.
"This is a very good team. We are very good friends. We have the same dancing style and we tend to work very well together," she said.
"My plan is to be part of a travelling show like Riverdance at some point in the future, hopefully in Europe."
Mr Watt said he was drawn to start Irish dancing after watching a girl in action when he was a youngster.
"When I was in grade one I saw a girl on St Patrick's Day doing dancing and I thought that I wanted to do that.
"It is a different type of dance and I find it very inspirational."
Ms Keys grew up in Ireland and has been dancing since she was three.
"It is a big thing in Ireland. After Riverdance a lot more people have taken it up," she said.
The quartet represents the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance and is now preparing for a final year concert to celebrate the year's achievements.