Early present for one high school dancer

Grace Noblett
Grace Noblett
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Irish dancer Grace Noblet has been invited back to Dublin next summer to attend the prestigious River Dance Summer School.

The 15-year-old student from Holy Cross Catholic High School in Chorley attended for a week at the first River Dance Summer School this year, where places were limited, and had an ‘amazing’ experience under the expert tuition of Irish Dancing World Champion Kiera Sexton.

The ones who came in the top 11 are probably some of the best in the world so to come just outside them isn’t a bad result

And this week she received an email asking her back for the summer as she looks to make her dream come true of touring the world with River Dance.

Grace said: “It was an amazing week.

“There were around 80 girls on it and the majority were Americans – I think there were only three girls from England.

“But we learned five numbers and then got to perform in a theatre in Dublin which was phenomenal.

“I got an email this week asking me to go back again next year for the summer when I am 16 and I can’t wait.”

Grace’s River Dance dream almost didn’t come off this year as she broke both her ankles in eight months – once when she slipped and another when she turned awkwardly when running.

“They have both healed up thankfully so fingers crossed, that’s it for injuries.”

And Grace, who is part of the Whelan Joyce Dance School, recently took part in the North West River Dance Championships at Manchester where she finished 13th.

Grace, who has been Irish Dancing since she was five added: “I was a bit disappointed but, while it says North West, there were people from all over competing and my age group is really competitive.”

“The ones who came in the top 11 are probably some of the best in the world so to come just outside them isn’t a bad result.

“It means I qualified for the National Championships in Glasgow next year but I am not going as I want to concentrate on my GCSEs.”

But this hasn’t ruled out getting a new River Dance dress for her Dublin experience next summer.

She said: “I have wanted a new dress for ages but they cost around £1,500.

“I am having a red and black one made next year which I am excited about.

“I want to do my GCSEs, A-levels and go to university but perhaps take a break to tour with River Dance – that’s my dream.”