Irish dancer all set for world championship

Irish dancer James Ojo is taking part in world championship in Montreal later this month.
Irish dancer James Ojo is taking part in world championship in Montreal later this month.

A talented young dancer from Bearsden is fast becoming the next Billy Elliot - but instead of ballet, his area of expertise is Irish dancing.

James Ojo (12), a Bearsden Academy pupil, recently won the Scottish regional qualifiers in Irish Dancing and he is heading off to represent Scotland in Montreal at the World Championship on March 27.

James, who dances with the Osborne Academy of Irish Dancing, travels to East Kilbride four times per week, to train for about three hours.

His mum Breeda said: “He has only been dancing for a year and has shown such passion and dedication to be such a success so rapidly.

“It turns out that James is a bit of a natural and his dancing has become a huge focal point in our lives now.”

James was a keen tennis player at Westerton Tennis Club, he also had a short stint at Drumchapel table tennis club and previously played football at Celtic Boys Club.

He continues to play football at Broomhill Sports Club but dancing is increasingly taking up more of his time.

James said: “I started dancing to keep fit for playing football but I loved it so much that I kept going with it.

“I love it as much as football now.

“I really enjoy making the rhythm with my feet and I’ve made lots of new friends.

“I’m really excited about going to Montreal with my family.

“M y mum, dad, twin brother and my sister are all coming to support me which is great.”

James took part in the launch of St Patrick’s Festival in Glasgow’s Merchant Square last Monday and he will be dancing at the Crowne Plaza for the festival gala ball this Saturday.

His mum added: “He took part in the Scottish Qualifiers for the experience and we didn’t expect him to win.

“We told him to do his best and not to be disappointed if he didn’t win this time and then he shocked us all by doing so well.

“We are very proud of him and it’s great to see him so passionate about something.”

The objective of the competition in Montreal is to preserve and promote Irish dancing. Including step dancing, céilí dancing and other team dancing, and also to promote the use of the Irish language.