Ilfracombe dance instructor Nikki Carter has danced her way to second place in the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Nikki, 29, competed in the prestigious event in Dublin in October after she qualified in May and missed out on winning by just 20 points.

Day one is solos day where each dance is judged individually and she received two first placings, a second and a third.

Day two is the world championship day and Nikki placed second in the world, just missing out on the title by 20 points, and getting a maximum perfect score of 100 from one of the judges.

To achieve such a high result Nikki, who is self taught, has been training under a strict regime for the past six months, with her weekly routine involving weightlifting and agility.

Ilfracombe's Nikki Carter has come second in the world at the World Irish Dance Championships.Ilfracombe's Nikki Carter has come second in the world at the World Irish Dance Championships.

Nikki was pleased with how she danced, and said to get the result she did “was such a reward for all the hard work and the strict training I have been through.”

She said: “It took a while to realise exactly what I had achieved and still is sinking in, I didn’t come up the orthodox way as an Irish dancer and not a lot of people know that I am actually self taught.

“I have had professional training in the last few years but it’s been very minimal compared to others. No one taught me how to perform a high front click or a treble, I taught myself, and now I am able say that I am Great Britain Irish dancing champion 2018, won back in May, and second in the world.

“It proves that with hard work and passion you can do anything. Never stop believing in yourself.”

Ilfracombe's Nikki Carter has come second in the world at the World Irish Dance Championships.Ilfracombe's Nikki Carter has come second in the world at the World Irish Dance Championships.

Nikki’s passion for Irish Dancing began when she was eight-years-old after she watched Michael Flatley’s Feet of Flames, and ever since she’s been hooked.

She owns Nikki’s Irish Dance, where she runs recreational dance classes for children aged over four through to adults, which she does because she loves passing on her knowledge and seeing children become enthusiastic about Irish dance.