Monday 23 April 2018

'Life-changing' as Irish kids win chance to dance on stage with Justin Bieber tonight

Left: Abi Doolan (10) Middle: Shane Bosson (12) Right: Leah McNamara (10)
Left: Abi Doolan (10) Middle: Shane Bosson (12) Right: Leah McNamara (10)

Sean O'Grady

Three dance students from Dublin have won the opportunity of a lifetime to strut their stuff alongside Justin Bieber at his concert in the RDS tonight.

Abi Doolan (10), Shane Bosson (12) and Leah McNamara (12), from the House of Swag dance school in Swords, were chosen from hundreds who auditioned to dance with the singer during his song Children, as part of the Dublin leg of his Purpose tour.

Auditions were posted on YouTube, with the lucky winners contacted by a member of Bieber's team to give them the good news.

House of Swag co-owner Janelle Kelly said she was thrilled for her students, who broke down in tears of joy when they found out they had been chosen.

"We are in absolute shock as we also got four kids to dance with him last year, so it's such an amazing achievement for them," she told the Herald.

The trio are also members of dance crew Nasty 2.0, and will compete at the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Left: Abi Doolan (10) Right: Leah McNamara (10)

Ms Kelly described the Bieber gig as a "life-changing opportunity" for Abi, Shane and Leah.

"They are all also qualified to represent Ireland later this year at the world championships with their crew Nasty 2.0 from House of Swag," she said.

"This is definitely the happiest day of these kids' lives. We really are just so proud."

Justin Bieber playing baskeball in Bushy Park, Terenure

Abi, Shane and Leah will be joined by Belfast best friends Holly Sullivan (12) and Meghan Sewell who have been dance partners for four years and, according to their dance coach Shannon Mateer have "won every competition going".

"If you watched them perform together you'd have goosebumps.  They're like magic," Shannon told

"Justin Bieber doesn't know what he's in for because they really are amazing."

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Bieber is expected to take to the stage at 8.15pm this evening, with gates opening at 5pm.

Attendees have been warned not to start queuing before the gates open as anyone who does could be turned away by security.

Bieber fever hit the capital yesterday when the singer arrived and immediately chilled out with a game of basketball in Bushy Park, Terenure.


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