Monday 19 March 2018

Full house at Lordship for St. Pat's Strictly Dancing

Claire O'Connor (left), Shannon Hynes and Aimee Hanlon.
Claire O'Connor (left), Shannon Hynes and Aimee Hanlon.

The 'House Full' signs were up in St. Patrick's G.F.C. Complex on Saturday July 6 for the club's second venture into Strictly Come Dancing.

For the previous eight weeks the twenty seven dancers were working hard in preparation for the event. They were under the direction of locally based choreographer, Ermina Rudyte-Rice, and her very capable assistant, Karl Gordon. The Judges on the night were the Riverdance star, Pat Roddy, local restaurant owner, Danny Fitzpatrick, and Grace Clarke who along with Sean Ryan won the St. Patrick's Strictly in 2012.

The show which was compered by St. Patrick's very own, John Grogan, got off to a lively start when all of the dancers came on stage for the first of two group dances to whet the audience's appetite for what was to come.

It was a quick change for the first couple to take to the stage. While their short introductory film was been shown, Ravensdale couple and club stalwarts Vin and Anne O'Hare changed their attire and took to the stage Broadway Musical Style to perform 'Singing in the Rain' like true professionals.

Railway Village couple, Jim and Emily Holland, then took to the stage. For the previous eight weeks Jim combined his duties as senior team selector with his dancing rehearsal and they performed Tango from 'True Lies' like seasoned dancers.

Club treasurer Feargal Malone sent his wife Helen out on stage to partner former player Nicholas Sharkey in a polished performance of Cha Cha Cha from 'Pretty Woman'. Another former player Brian Fealy from Bellurgan and Lordship native Claire O'Connor were next on stage and they set the place alight with their performance of the Tango from 'Moulin Rouge'. James Jennings who can make his mark on the playing pitch partnered the youngest performer on the night, Shannon Hynes, and they showed us how to dance as they performed Cha Cha Cha from 'Ghostbusters'.

Another of the senior team selectors, John Noonan, showed us the diversity of his talents as he partnered Bellurgan lady, Paula Woods, in a most enjoyable performance of Tango from 'Take the Lead'. The first half was brought to a close by Glenmore couple, Frank and Alice McCann, and they wooed the audience with a lovely performance of a Waltz from 'Twilight'.

Things didn't even stop at the interval! The audience were treated to a real gem when world renowned Irish Dancing School, Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh, brought the house down with a performance of a routine called 'Lamped'. They have recently returned from London with several World titles in the bag. Their performance included a solo from local boy and St. Patrick's under 13 player, Eoin McEneaney.

It was back to the ' Strictly' performers for the second half. James O'Connor and Ermina Rudyte–Rice performed the first Salsa of the night as they showed the variety of their dancing skills. They took their number from 'The Mask'. Jenkinstown couple Jimmy and Catriona Hughes then followed with a lively version of Charlstone from 'The Great Gatsby'.

The only trio performing in the contest were next on stage when Ravensdale native Mickey Flood partnered Bellurgan ladies, Lorraine Watters and Alison Finnegan, in a very entertaining Cha Cha Cha from that well known show 'Mama Mia'. Breen Dorris, one of the club's juvenile coaches, then took to the stage with Jenkinstown girl Grace Gosling and gave a top class performance of Salsa from 'Dirty Dancing'.

Spellicanee native and now Omeath resident, Peader Keenan, and Jenkinstown lady, Siobhan Mackin, gave a lovely performance of a slow waltz from 'Ghost'. The 'Strictly' part of the night was brought to a close by local lady Katie McDonald and former St. Patrick's player and now referee, David Loughran, with a lively performance of Broadway Musical Style from 'Grease'.

It was all down to the judges and audience votes and while these were being counted the audience were treated to a lovely performance from a young local singer, Cian McKeever. Cian enthralled the audience with two songs, 'Run' by Snow Patrol and 'Let her Go' by Passenger.

There was one more performance left in the dancers as they all came on stage for one final performance of 'Cotton Eyed Joe'.

What a show- what a night! Well done to all concerned. When independent overseer for the votes, Roisin Duffy, passed the results on to compere John Grogan the verdict was given. Brian Fealy and Claire O'Connor were the winners closely followed in second place by Jimmy and Catriona Hughes and in third place was the trio of Mickey Flood, Lorraine Watters and Alison Finnegan. After the presentations Brian and Claire treated the audience to one more performance of tango from 'Moulin Rouge'.

St. Patrick's G.F.C. would like to thank all involved in this very successful venture – all of the dancers, the tutors Ermina and Karl, the Judges Pat, Danny and Grace, the sound and video personnel, the stewarts, those who worked in the kitchen and bars, the ticket sellers, the vote sellers and counters, the sponsors, those who helped with each couple's film. A special word of thanks to the event coordinator Brian O'Connor and to all who helped in any way. Your help is very much appreciated by the club.

The Argus