Bright Young Thing: Irish dancer Aidan Craig
PUBLISHED: 00:16 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013
Aidan Craig is 10 years old and lives with his family in Westergate. In April, Aidan will be one of only eight boys to compete in the Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin
How did you get into dancing?
My family moved to West Sussex in 2008 and my mum and I were asked by another mum at school if I would be interested in joining the Manning School of Irish dance, where her daughter went, as they really needed some boys! As my mum is Irish they thought I would be interested. I am always keen to try anything so I thought I would give it a go.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Qualifying last November to compete in the World Championships, which are being held in Dublin in April this year. There are only about eight boys in England who qualified and the competition was really tough. I train three or four times a week and regularly compete at weekends so to get this far in only two years of dancing has been a real whirlwind.
What is your greatest ambition?
I would love to dance the lead role in Riverdance one day. My teacher, Sarah, has danced with Michael Flatley and she also had a lead role in Lord of the Dance in Las Vegas.
Apart from dancing and school, what are your hobbies and interests?
I love swimming, bike riding, skateboarding, football, rugby, archery and playing on my Xbox.
Where do you go to school and what are your favourite subjects?
I go to Aldingbourne Primary School and my favourite subjects are PE, art and science. Im in my final year in primary school and I am looking forward to moving up to secondary school in September.
What is the best thing about living in Sussex?
Living so near the sea: I love the water and the beach. Its great to be so close and be able to just go down there on a nice day.
What is your favourite book? And your favourite film?
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are such great stories and they are so well done that you can almost imagine they could be real.
Aidan attends the Manning School of Irish Dance,set up four years ago by sisters Sarah and Teresa Manning. Classes run in Westergate and Hove three times a week.