Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 28, 2013

Chippendale tappers off to world championships

Four tap dancers from Andover are heading to Germany this weekend with a team from Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios in North Andover to compete at the World Tap Championships.

More than 70 dancers in all from the school will be part of the USA Tap Team at the competition, which is also known as the Olympics of tap dance. They will face off against tap dancers from more than 30 countries. The event is sponsored by the International Dance Organization.

The Chippendale dancers will be presenting 21 dances, including solos, duets, trios, small groups and formations, in three age categories. All of the dances have been choreographed by Nancy Chippendale and her daughters, Karen, Kelli and Kristina Carberry.

Representing Andover at the competition will be Jenna Nikolopoulos, a junior at Andover High School; Jackie Viera, a junior at Brooks School in North Andover; Haley Licata, a freshman at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence; and Sophie Keeler, a fifth-grader at West Elementary School.

The last time Chippendale dancers traveled to Germany in 2010 they brought home five gold medals for the USA.

The dancers, who had to audition for a spot on the USA Tap Team, have been rehearsing on Sundays since September for the competition.

The local contingent leaves Saturday, Nov. 30, for the eight-day trip. Upon arriving in Riesa, Germany, the dancers and their families will have a day to sightsee before the competition begins. Tours have already been set up for groups to visit Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Meissen and/or Prague, Czech Republic.

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