Local Girl to Travel to Germany for World Tap Championships

tap-3RIESA, Germany – A 12-year-old local girl will be traveling to Riesa, Germany, to compete at the World Tap Championships this December.

Kaylee Baumcratz, 12, will be traveling to Riesa, Germany, with the United States Tap Dance Team. She attends North Clarion Jr./Sr. High School and is a student at Dancer’s Studio in Clarion.

Kaylee is the only member of the USA Tap Team from the state of Pennsylvania.

She attended the championships last year and placed sixth in the world for the Junior Formation – Hungarian.

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The team boasts dancers from 17 states. After being selected for a place on the USA Tap Team at auditions this past summer, the dancers will represent the United States at the competition also known as the “Olympics of tap dance.”

The World Championship event is sponsored by the International Dance Organization. The dancers will be competing against tap dancers from over 30 countries around the world. The dancers will be traveling to Boston for rehearsals, each dancing more than 15 hours per weekend before traveling back to their respective home states.

The team will be competing with 26 different routines within three separates age categories. They will be performing solos, duos, trios, small groups and formations all choreographed by Nancy Chippendale and her daughters Karen, Kelli and Kristina Carberry.

Upon arriving in Germany, the dancers and their families will have two days to sightsee before the competition begins. Tours have already been set up for groups to visit Dresden, Leipzig, Meissen, Berlin and Prague.

Individuals can cheer on their favorite dancer by tuning into the event via LIVE STREAM (www.ido-dance.com).

The competition will run from Tuesday, November 29, through Saturday, December 3.


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