North Andover native, Kristina Carberry, recently returned home from Germany proudly accessorized with multiple medals from the 2012 World Tap Dance Championships; which is held by the International Dance Organization (IDO).
The twenty-four year old competed in the Adult Female Solo Division as part of Team USA against dancers from over thirty countries. After several rounds, she earned her way to the finals, which was broadcasted on German National Television. She anxiously stood on stage during the awards ceremony and listened as other dancers’ names were announced for seventh through third place. Standing as one of the last two dancers, she became overwhelmed with emotion and pride. After much suspense, the German announcer presented the Silver Medal to the dancer from Switzerland beside her and she realized she had won. Kristina was crowned the Gold Medalist World Tap Champion. She stood proudly on the podium and watched as the American flag was raised to the rafters during the National Anthem.
This was an accomplishment for Kristina’s whole family. Kristina’s sister, Kelli Carberry, won the same title in 2010 making them the only siblings to share wins in this category in the history of the World Tap Dance Championships.
Kristina also went on to compete in two other categories. Along with her sisters, Karen and Kelli Carberry, she won the Silver Medal in the Adult Trio Division. She also competed in the “Battle of the Feet”, a brand new category where dancers must battle through improvisation. She was the only female to make it past the first round and continued on to win 1st Runner-Up.
Kristina and both of her sisters teach various dance styles to students of all ages at their mother’s local school, Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios. This family business, established in 1978, is no stranger to international success, as they have won several medals at the World Dance Championships over the last decade. This family’s passion for dance has brought international dancers to North Andover to train through Nancy Chippendale’s exchange program every August. This program has grown exponentially over the last eight years, uniting dancers from all over the world and providing local students with wonderful cultural experiences.
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