Dancer Maisie’s all Emerald smiles

Maisie Magner-Williams, 11, who has competed in The World Irish Dance Championships and come first in her region, third in the UK and 15th in the world.
Maisie Magner-Williams, 11, who has competed in The World Irish Dance Championships and come first in her region, third in the UK and 15th in the world.

A talented young dancer gave a stunning performance on her grandma’s birthday as she competed at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Maisie Magner-Williams, of the Ciara D’arcy Academy of Irish Dance, competed against hundreds of other Irish dancers in the prestigious competition in Glasgow.

The 11-year-old added to her already growing collection of accolades finishing 4th in the UK division and 15th in the world category.

“I am very happy with my performances and I am looking forward going to compete in the Irish World Championships next year where all my family in Ireland will be coming up to watch.”

It’s not the first time Maisie has performed in the world championships - last year she travelled to Montreal and also qualified the year before, but was too young to attend. Last year, she placed 22nd in the world.

Maisie’s grandma, Theresa Magner, said: “We are all very proud with what she has achieved. There were 165 children in her category and it was a very long day. She performed at 8am and we didn’t get the results until 10pm

“It’s great for Ciara as she runs the school on her own. She has done a really well.”

The Trinity Academy pupil from Ovenden, Halifax, already has 27 sashes, 44 trophies and more than 200 medals. Maisie thanked everybody for their support including her osteopath Mr Puckasz, who helped her on the road to recovery after injury, her masseur Karen Mitton, her dance teacher, plus her mum, grandma and grandad.