Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dreams come true for international Irish dancers given crash course in Riverdance

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Hundreds of Irish dancers from all four corners of the globe have fulfilled their dreams this summer, as they joined the Riverdance troupe in the capital for a “crash course” in the show.

Over the last three weeks, almost 290 aspiring professional dancers have been participating in the “Riverdance-Trinity College International Summer School”.

Each week, just under 100 dancers aged between 12 and 30 are put through their paces during gruelling rehearsals in The Lir Academy in Dublin.

Padraic Moyles, the lead dancer with Riverdance, oversaw the operations this morning and described it as a “crash course” in the company’s production.

The students have also been learning about the show’s music, choreography, costume and set design.

“For those who are over the age of 18, this is their week long audition.  On week one, we took four of them and put them on stage in the Gaiety to dance in their first ever show.  Last week it was two, this week there will be a number as well. 

“That’s what we do here, they learn the choreography and at the end of the week we put on a show here as well for all their parents,” Padraic said.

“We concentrate on four of five numbers from the show.  It is a crash course, we teach them and give them a little bit of insight in to the background of Riverdance as well and what else happens when you try to be a professional dancer.”

Padraic met his wife, professional dancer Niamh O’Connor, on tour and now they have a one-year-old daughter Juliette-May.

The proud father said “she is doing great” and is busy learning how to walk.

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