Thursday, May 15, 2008
7 News Features: Whiz Kid: Irish Dancer
Irish dance is considered one the most difficult to master, yet, for one little girl, it seems to come naturally. As Lynn Martinez reports, this whiz kid is already the state champion at age 8 and is determined to be number one in the country.
WSVN -- It takes skill, stamina and a whole lot of talent.
Michael O'Hara: "It's the hardest dance form in the entire world."
Kaylee Brown has been Irish dancing for only three years and has accomplished what many can only dream of.
Michael O'Hara: "She's 8 years old. It's an amazing feat to become that good that quickly. She's just extremely talented."
Michael has been teaching Irish dance for 15 years. He has seen many talented kids but no one like Kaylee.
Michael O'Hara: "It's one in a million."
Michael O'Hara: "The most promising dancer is way up there. As you see, I have a lot of medals."
Kaylee proudly shows off her room full of awards and admits she's competitive.
Kaylee Brown: "Sometimes, it's just like ugh! I want to be very good because I want to win."
To the amazement of her parents and teachers from early on, competition after competition, Kaylee always seemed one step ahead.
Kaylee Brown: "I think she learns the dances before they teach them. She just picks it up like that."
Both mom and dad are still in awe of their little girl's ability and say it's almost as if she was born to dance.
Dana O'Brien-Brown: "From day one she gets home, and she is dancing. She dances through the hallways. We could be having breakfast and she is dancing. It's been that way from the very, very beginning."
Even Kaylee doesn't know where the talent came from. She says all she has to do is think about the most difficult steps, and her body responds.
Kaylee Brown: "So I go over my steps before I do them in my mind. Before I dance, I say, 'Feet turning out,' so I can turn my feet when I dance."
And, just like that, she gets it. A skill that would take others months, sometimes years to master.
Kaylee Brown: "I think I was meant to do this Irish dancing. Irish dancing comes first for me, and I love it."
And her coach believes it's that love that will transform Kaylee into a true Irish dancing champion.
Michael O'Hara: "In a couple of years I think she will be competing, representing the United States at the world championships and try to bring back the world championship to the United States. She is that good."
Kaylee is now getting ready for the national championships that will be held this summer in Nashville. Her coach, as well as Kaylee are sure she will win first place there as well. We wish her luck.