Maisie is a tap dance world champ
Published on: 30 Jan 2017
NO wonder teenager Maisie Boyd has a spring in her step - she's celebrating after tap dancing her way to success on the world stage.
Maisie is part of Swindon-based Tap Attack dance troupe which recently returned from world championships in Germany with a clutch of medals.
Members of the 42-strong GB team, which includes dancers from across the UK aged from nine to 24, competed against 1,800 tap dancers from 19 countries at the International Dance Organisation’s World Tap Championships.
Maisie, who lives in Downend, was part of the gold medal winning team in the adult formation category after winning gold in the junior category last year.
She was also a part of the winning production team which took gold for their Mary Poppins-style tap extravaganza.
The 16-year-old, who studies at St Brendan's Sixth Form College after finishing Downend School last summer, has been throwing up her heels since the age of six.
Mum Alex, who teaches adult tap twice a week at the Fishponds-based 344 Dance School, said she was really proud of her daughter's achievement.
"Maisie went from the junior team to the adult team after the last world championships. Since joining the adult category the tap has been a lot harder so she learnt a lot and as a result her dancing has greatly improved.
"Maisie still goes to 344 Dance School for her normal weekly lessons and does her tap exams through them but travels to Swindon to train with Tap Attack every other Sunday. She trains every week from August to December in the lead up to the world championships.
"I teach tap to adults but I'd never teach Maisie as that would go horribly wrong - she's way better than I am!
"She's studying music and drama and plays the drums so she's not sure in which direction she wants to go in for a career. If she could tap for a living then she would but tap is quite a niche thing."
Alex said tap has proved a great influence on her daughter.
"It's been a brilliant experience and a great life lesson. The team won because they all worked really hard so it teaches them a lesson in hard work and commitment."
Alex said there's never a dull moment in their house with Maisie constantly keeping her dad Stuart and brother George, 15, entertained with her dexterous routines.
"Maisie drives us mad tapping around the house all the time! She loves the rhythm and musicality of it. She's quite shy but loves performing when she's on stage. She sees tap as playing percussion but with her feet."
Maisie, who plays the drums, said: "The whole experience of the world championships, from the training, travelling to Germany, dancing in front of a huge audience and then winning two gold medals, was absolutely amazing.
"I have met new people from all over the world and made friendships that will last a lifetime. My dancing has also improved massively as a result of all of the training and my confidence as a dancer has as well. It was incredibly hard work but was absolutely worth the effort and I am now the proud owner of three gold medals!"
Tap Attack also scooped gold when Kai Scanlan and Marcus May successfully defended their junior duo title. The pair also won bronze and silver medals respectively in the junior solo category, with Harvey Shulver continuing the success winning a silver medal in the children's solo category.
Tap Attack creative director Jo Scanlan said: "The team had to dance their way through many rounds before reaching the finals in the hope to be placed.
"I am very proud of how every dancer worked tirelessly to achieve the results they deserved. As a nation and a team we’ve had another fantastic year. They’ve shown a great work ethic and determination to maintain our high standards and proving above all that hard work really does pay off.”