SHE has been dancing for longer than she can remember and, at the age of 10, has just become a World Champion.
Kellie Morris was so overcome with emotion when her name was announced – ahead of 137 other competitors in her category – she burst into tears.
"I absolutely love it," said Kellie, who has been dancing since she was two and a half.
"This is better than any holiday."
Kellie travelled from Duleek in Co Meath with her mum, Lorraine, to dance at the World Irish Dance Championships at the INEC in Killarney, run by dancing organisation An Comhdhail, along with around 3,000 other competitors – including 350 boys – from Ireland, Scotland, the US, England, Wales, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
And, just across the Irish Sea, the 'Olympics' of Irish dancing opened in the presence of 'Lord of the Dance' star Michael Flatley and elite dancers from around the world.
It is expected the 44th World Irish Dancing Championships in London, hosted by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, will attract thousands of dancers and supporters from all over the world this week, including from Japan, Australia, Russia and the US.
Flatley was greeted with thunderous applause as he recalled winning the world title in 1975 and pursuing his "seemingly impossible dream" of putting together "huge Irish dance shows" that he hoped would "take the world by storm".