Senior Spotlight on world champion dancer

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 20:00:51-04


Beret Dernbach is a senior at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. At a young age she became interested in Highland dancing, and has won quite a few trophies along the way.

"I'm very lucky to have my Scottish heritage very close. My grandma and her entire generation were born in Scotland. My mom did Highland dancing when she was younger and now I'm doing it to."

Not only has Beret grown up around the sport, she's become a two-time world champion.

"In 2018 I won the juvenile Highland World Dancing Championships at age 15. The following year I returned to Scotland to defend my title, and I won my second world championship title in the junior division. I'm also a three time United States champion and a five time western region champion."

But right now future championships have been put on hold due to Coronavirus. Beret says while it's disappointing, she knows it's the right thing to do.

"Many competitions that I was planning on attending in the coming months have already been canceled, or are likely to be canceled. I do realize it's very important for all of us to stay home right now and hopefully in a couple months we'll be back to business as usual."

And when that time comes, Beret will be ready to get back on the dance stage

"My goal is to win at least one more world championship title, this time in the 18 and over adult division, which would make me the first American dancer to win world championship titles in all three age divisions."