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Local girl reels in Irish dancing world title

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Dublin 13-year-old Cosette deBourbon was last month named World Champion of Irish Dance at a competition in England.

Cosette deBourbon's latest trophy doesn't fit on the mantel at home.

In fact, the trophy she'll hold onto for one year as Irish Dance World Champion has drawn a lot of attention.

Traveling home to Dublin from London, England, last month the trophy prompted lots of questions and compliments.

At one Dublin business last week it even got her a double fudge brownie from a new fan.

"It was the best I ever danced," Cosette said of her award-winning performance.

"I've never seen Cosette cry so much in my life," her mother, Jennifer deBourbon, said of watching her daughter receive the world champion title and two-foot tall globe trophy.

"She's not a crier," deBourbon said.

Cosette, however, is a hard worker.

An Irish dancer since age 4, Cosette is also the current Irish Dance National Champion and took second place at the All-Ireland Dance competition.

"I got sixth (place) last year," the 13-year-old said of world championships.

"It was a pretty big jump going from sixth to first."

But she earned it, dancing every day for a month before she went to Irish Dance World Championships in London April 13-19.

Cosette danced in the 12-13 age group on April 14 and earned the world champion title by the end of the day.

"Her teachers said if you want to win, you can," Jennifer deBourbon said.

"It's nice to know all that effort paid off. She trained long and hard."

"Going back now I would have done it all over again," Cosette said. "It was worth it."

Cosette takes lessons at The Academy in Westerville with teachers Byron Tuttle and Edward Searle.

The Irish dance school came to central Ohio three years ago and Jennifer deBourbon moved Cosette and her other daughter, 17-year-old Gia (who finished fourth at the world championships), to the new school.

"You couldn't ask for more in coaches," Jennifer said.

The Academy is Cosette's home four times a week, she sees a personal trainer twice a week and practices on her own each week as well.

Despite all the work and practice, Cosette said she was surprised when she was named world champion.

"I'm always surprised when I win," she said. "The world is the biggest to win and I was like, 'Whoa.' You never really know it will happen."

"You see the winners every year and they're so amazing," Jennifer said. "You become that dancer you always admire.

"Everyone said it couldn't happen to a better kid."

With a demanding practice schedule and travel for competitions, Cosette takes classes at home through the Ohio Connections Academy.

In her fleeting spare time she likes to bake for her family and craft.

But it's not difficult to keep her motivated to dance.

"All the work I put into it inspires me," Cosette said. "I love to push myself."

She also loves the friends she meets at competitions.

"Most kids can't say I have friends in England and Ireland," Cosette said. "I talk to them through social media."

And of course, Cosette will see her friends in July when she defends her title at the national championships.

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