She may be just 11-years-old, but Ballinalee’s Regina Rawle has taken the Irish dancing scene by storm in recent months and clinched herself a very special accolade along the way, following her participation in this year’s World Dancing Championships which were held in Boston recently.
Daughter of Ronnie and Noreen, Regina has been a member of the Stanley Carroll School of Dancing since the age of three. To say that her skill and determination has gone from strength to strength over the past seven or eight years, would be an understatement - the 11-year-old has infact excelled.
“I won a medal for Irish dancing at the World Dancing Championships in Boston,” an excited Regina Rawle told the Leader. “I qualified at the Leinster regional finals for the world championships, and, there were 133 other children dancing with me in Boston. Just 15 dancers qualified in Ireland, so I was very excited.”
Up against it at the world championships, Regina danced first in her soft shoes and then re-emerged on stage with her hard shoes firmly secured on her little feet. By then it was all too play for as the judges dished out the marks. “I danced two dances, one in soft shoes and then the second was in my hard shoes,” she added. “Thirty percent of the dancers got a call back and I was one of them - it was great. On call back we had to do a set dance and then we had to watch the points board for the scores. As I was watching the points, I realised after the third judge had given out the points that I had actually won a medal and I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy, it felt really great to get a medal at the world dancing championships.”
With many more dancing competitions awaiting her participation, the 5th class pupil at Scoil Samathan, Ballinalee is continuing to practice her steps on a daily basis and even plans to teach Irish dancing herself one day. “I’m definitely going to continue dancing; I love it,” she said, adding “I might even become a dancing teacher myself when I grow up”.