Kelli Carberry, North Andover, just returned home from the World Tap Dance Championships in Reisa, Germany where she won the Gold Medal in the Adult Female Solo category, beating dancers from over 30 countries and bringing home the title of WORLD CHAMPION for the United States for the first time since 2002. ”It is really more like a life time achievement award,” says Carberry, a dance teacher at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios in North Andover. “I cried tears of joy during the national anthem. That moment marked the culmination of years of training, hard work and resilience.” Having danced at the World Championships before, Carberry was no stranger to this tough competition. She won the Gold medal in 2004 in the Production category, finished 11th in the Solo category in 2008 but brought home 2 gold medals during this year’s championships. “The best part about this whole experience was that my students and their families were there to experience this win with me. I am able to show them that hard work and dedication pays off.”
Carberry traveled to Germany with 39 other dancers from Nancy Chippendale’s who also won the 2010 Gold Medal in the Children’s trio, small group and formation categories as well as the Adult Formation. “This was the biggest win for the United States in over 15 years,” explained Nancy Chippendale, who opened her dance studio in North Andover in 1978. “We came home with the highest medal count of the 30+ countries in attendance and the most Gold medals of the entire world competition. It was quite an achievement.”
Now the World Champion, Kelli Carberry was contacted to perform alongside Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold and Dorel and Costel Surbeck in “Tap Reloaded”, a European tap production showcasing the talents of some of the biggest names in tap dancing. Carberry will travel to Germany this April for her first performance of the tour. “And so it begins,” laughed Carberry, “what a great Christmas present!”
Another great Christmas present for the dancers at Nancy Chippendale’s is being delivered on Thursday, December 16, 2010 when 18 Nancy Chippendale Dancers will open for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes at Boston’s Wang Center at 7:30pm. Tickets are available by calling the Wang Center box office.