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Descending from Irish heritage I started Irish dancing at the age of 4. After quick progression in my early years I competed in my first World Championships at the age of 11 where I finished in 3rd place. With my sights set on success, I continued my dancing career under the tutelage of Hilary Joyce-Owens, principal teacher of Scoil Rince Céim Óir in London. In the following 7 years I achieved All Scotland, All Ireland and North American National Championship titles, and continually achieved podium placements at the World Championships.
At the age of 18, I moved away from competitive dancing after auditioning and successfully securing a place in Michael Flatley's 'Lord of the Dance'. I spent just over 2 years travelling all over the globe with Irish dancing, and even captained a dance show at Disneyworld in Florida.
With the coveted World title still left to achieve, I returned to competition. In 2015 I placed 2nd in my solo competition and was part of the Senior Mixed Ceili World Champion team at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada. A year later in Glasgow, Scotland I succeeded in achieving my dream of becoming the 2016
Senior Men's World Champion!
In September 2017 I successfully passed my T.C.R.G. exam. The Ruddock Academy of Irish Dancing is registered with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) in Dublin, the oldest and largest governing body for competitive Irish dancing.
Classes are assisted by Majella and Caoimhe Ruddock.