Saturday 24 June 2017

Kathryn Thomas to host new TV dance show for teenage girls

Kathryn Thomas at Paul Stafford Charity Lunch in aid of Teenline at Sophies in The Dean Hotel, Dublin
Kathryn Thomas at Paul Stafford Charity Lunch in aid of Teenline at Sophies in The Dean Hotel, Dublin

Eimear Rabbitt

Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas is going back to school as she fronts a new dance campaign for teenage girls.

The RTE host wants to promote health and fitness among young girls, a campaign that will form part of the new season of Operation Transformation.

The 36-year-old will kick off the project in her old school of St Leo's College in Carlow.

She will be followed by other female personalities who will return to their former school or sports club for the segment.

The participants will work with Irish dance act Raw Edge for eight weeks to form a dance move which will be turned into a flash mob, featuring hundreds of school girls.

"It means that everyone has to work and train for eight weeks to get their steps right," Kathryn said.

"It's a way of saying to girls, 'It's okay to break a sweat, it's okay to have no make up on and be in a tracksuit and look a bit dishevelled and get out there and have a bit of fun'."

Kathryn, an advocate of the "strong is the new skinny" movement, said she wanted to encourage teenage girls to be comfortable with their own body shape.

"As teenagers, it's all we wanted [to be skinny]. It's ingrained in us in Western civilisation, especially in the last 20 years - skinny, skinny, skinny.

"There is so much pressure on girls and finally now there is a movement that people seem to be able to relate to."

Kathryn, who is happily loved up with boyfriend Padraig McLaughlin, said her athletic figure was down to a lifestyle of moderation and gym sessions.

"I drink coffee, I eat bread, I like red wine, I eat cheese," she said.

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