Champion Irish dancing sisters Niamh and Roisin Redmond are looking forward to the challenge of their young lives when they take part in the Irish World Dancing Championships at the Hilton Metropole in London this weekend.
The Davyhulme duo who both attend St. Antony's Catholic College in Urmston will be among 3,000 competitors at the global event which starts on April 13th.
Both girls started dancing when they were just four years old and have won a host of regional and national awards. Niamh has previously qualified as North-West irish dancing champion while Roisin has been runner up. The world championships however, is Irish Dancing's blue ribbon event.
Niamh, 15, said, "My aim is to get a recall for the final set dance and hopefully make it into the top twenty," while Roisin, 12, added, "If I could get into the top fifty I'd be pleased."
Both girls want to become Irish dancing teachers and work in the growing number of touring worldwide productions pioneered by the legendary Michael Flatley.
Mum Bev, who works at St. Antony's, said: "This is Irish Dancing's showcase and anyone who is anyone will be there, including Michael Flatley, who will officially open the event."
Bev added, "The girls have never competed against each other because they are in different age groups but have always been very supportive of each other, and for us its a family affair. All six of us will be going down to London and looking forward to a great few days."
The girls, who both train at the Morgan School of Irish Dancing in Manchester, complete up to five training sessions per week. With all that training in technique and endurance under their belts, the girls are confident but not complacent ahead of the event.
Niamh said, "We have trained and trained and have the necessarry technique and stamina, but it's all about getting it right on the day."
St. Antony's Catholic College Headteacher fiona Wright has said: "The girls have performed at a number of school events and always mesmerise the audience with their flawless routines. Everyone in the school community will be cheering them on."