Saturday 7 December 2019

'My mother will be asking why is she shaking her bits on live TV?' - Anna Geary

Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington
Anna Geary and Kai Widdrington
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Camogie player Anna Geary is worried that her raunchy dance moves may shock her mother when she hits the dance floor on Sunday nights.

Geary is one of 11 celebrities taking part in this year's ballroom spectacular Dancing With The Stars.

"We're dancing to Ain't Your Mama by J-Lo and I keep thinking of my poor mother," she says.

"She's going to be in the audience and will have to be laid out on the floor afterwards.

"You have to shake everything, I mean shake like you've never shaken before.

"Part of my mum will be proud and the other part will be saying, 'That's my daughter? Why is she shaking her bits on live TV?'."

The glittering and glimmering entertainment show kicks off tomorrow night, running for the next 12 weeks.

Geary will be joined by broadcasters Marty Morrissey and Maia Dunphy, publisher Norah Casey, comedians Bernard O'Shea and Deirdre O'Kane, Olympic bronze medallist Rob Heffernan and Munster scrum-half Tomas O'Leary.

Erin McGregor, the sister of Conor, and Jake Carter, the brother of Nathan, will also take part.

Dancing With The Stars is a juggernaut of a show and the BBC has sold the format to more than 50 countries across five continents.

Here, more than 140 people are working on the series to ensure it has just the right amount of glitter.

The contestants began rehearsals before Christmas.

While the cardio-heavy dance routines proved a challenge for most, it was less of an issue for All-Ireland-winning GAA star Geary.

"My fitness levels are fine but like all women I have inhibitions about my body," she said.

"I have a lot of muscle and weigh a lot more than people would think. I was worried my dance partner wouldn't be able to get me off the ground.

"That was a very real fear. I was like, 'Oh God I'm going to be the girl who could never be lifted'."

Speaking while decked out in her fitted purple ball gown, Anna quipped:"They don't leave much to the imagination, do they?"

The Herald can reveal there will be up to €200,000 of sparkling Spandex costumes in Ardmore Studio tomorrow as the first episode airs. The show will feature several large-scale group dance routines, including one with reigning DWTS champion Aidan O'Mahony.

As a result of the high number of dancers and dances, there will be a total of 74 costumes on set.

The costumes are flown in from the UK from DSI London - one of the most prestigious Latin and ballroom dancing retailers.

With many of the pieces hand stitched and covered in rhinestones and delicate beading, the cost of each ensemble ranges between €1,200 and €3,500.

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