Wednesday 19 December 2018

WATCH: One of Ireland's top dance schools held a professional workshop - and the performances are amazing

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

Some of Ireland's most successful professional dancers joined forces with international stars in Dublin last month for a workshop to help train the next generation of aspiring dancers.

The Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy, one of Dublin's best and most in-demand dance schools, ran the exclusive event.

The Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy Dance Blitz - which has been held annually in Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght for the last several years - is one of the most popular events on the dance calender.

The academy helmed by one half of Ireland's headline-grabbing 2018 Eurovision dancers, Alan McGrath, and his sister Lisa.

Alan (25) is one of Ireland's most accomplished professional dancers - he's taken to the stage in two headline-grabbing Eurovisions, Ireland's Got Talent as well as touring the world with Celtic Woman.

However wasn't the only star dancer at hand - Caoife Coleman - who recently performed in smash movie 'The Greatest Showman' - also took participants through their paces. The soundtrack for the movie is the only album to sell over a million copies so far this year in the US.

"I was so happy to be asked to teach at this year's dance blitz - I think it’s an amazing thing for the children and Ireland to have these incredible teachers come and teach and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from the industry’s leading dancers and performers", Caoife said.

"Not many people get to experience that, you normally have to travel to places like London and LA. I think Alan and Lisa have really given these children a fantastic base to grow and learn, there really is great talent among young dancers in Ireland and the dance blitz just gives the dancers that extra special X factor of training, to really take them to that next level."

They were also joined by Haley Monaghan, who has been performing to packed arenas on the X Factor live tour since 2011 - she's also worked with  Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Nicole Scherzinger and Little Mix among others.

"It was such a privilege being asked to teach at the dance blitz. Being my first time in my hometown teaching, I was so excited to see what amazing talent Dublin had to offer and it certainly didn’t disappoint", Haley said.

"What Alan and Lisa have put together for the dance community in Dublin is such a wonderful opportunity these dancers can gain so much from and I am excited to see what is next from them", she added.

Choreographer Josh Wharmby - whose list of credits includes working on ITV's X Factor live shows as well as choreographing on ITV show 'Dance Dance Dance' - also gave out his professional advice.

Josh was also joined by Olivia Higham -  who is one of Ireland and the UK's top professional dancers - previously the duo worked together on original Dutch version of 'Dance Dance Dance'.

The pair have also worked with Taylor Swift, Nicole Scherzinger, Liam Payne, Dua Lipa and Camilla Cabelo.

Josh said: "Myself and Olivia had such a great time teaching at the Dizzy Footwork Dance Blitz for the second time.

"This day provides such a wide variety of industry standard training for aspiring youngsters on their doorstep in Dublin.

"Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy provides such an amazing opportunity for these young dancers which I wish I would have had at that age.

"If you didn't make this year, make sure you don't miss our next year and we will see you there."

The Dizzy Footwork Dance Academy, which is entering its 10th year, runs dance classes for ages three to 21.

They also do drama, technique, musical theatre, hip hop, commercial, heels technique and have recently started adults fitness dance classes.

For more information on the school or the classes, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

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