A young dancer from Ripon who only began taking part in competitions last year has come third in world championships held in Glasgow.
Kaymia Smith, 10, who attends Upstage Academy dance school in Ripon, took part in the United Dance Organisation event in which thousands of groups and solo competitors from 26 countries came to compete, with Kaymia coming third out of 26 people in the under-12s freestyle solo.
“I was proud and very shocked when I found out the result because I didn’t think I had done that well but when I looked at the video of my performance I realised I had done alright,” said Kaymia, who is a Year 6 pupil at Holy Trinity Junior School.
Kaymia, who hopes to enter showbusiness as a dancer or as a professional dance teacher, first began dancing at the age of five, bobbing along to music videos on YouTube and decided to start dance lessons.
He is keen to dispel the myth that dancing is just for girls, and was invited to give a demonstration of his skills to pupils at Holy Trinity Junior along with his breakdance teacher, Jack ‘Mini’ Burton.
“All boys think dancing is a girl’s thing and we wanted to prove it’s not – it’s for boys as well,” said Kaymia, of Lynden Close.
Fellow members of the academy were able to congratulate him when Upstage celebrated the opening of its new premises on Market Place in the city.
His next competition is in Stoke-on-Trent when he will take part in another United Dance Organisation event, a qualifier for the world championships, in which he will compete in a solo event and with the group Prolific Edge, consisting of himself and seven girls from Upstage Academy.