Tuesday 16 January 2018

Riverdance star Siobhán steps in for special show

THE wonderful concerts by Zoe Conway and John McIntyre continue on Sunday at the Heritage Centre in Carlingford, with an extra show just for children, featuring renowned dancer and 'Riverdance' lead Siobhán Manson.

It was 10 years ago that Galway-born Siobhán was offered a full-time position with the Broadway phenomenon 'Riverdance', and, putting her academic studies on hold, spent the next four years on the road with the European, American and Asian companies.

After only a year with 'Riverdance', Siobhán was asked to train for the lead role. She had her debut as lead dancer in Dublin at the Gaiety Theatre in 2005.

Highlights of Siobhán's dancing career so far include meeting and performing for the Empress Michiko of Japan in Tokyo, dancing at the Kremlin state palace in Moscow and performing live for over a billion viewers at the Chinese 2009 New Year festival in Beijing. Siobhán also shared the stage with Bono and Bob Geldoff in an Electric Burma concert in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi on her recent visit to Dublin.

Siobhán remains a part of the 'Riverdance' flying squad contingent with whom she has featured in the BBC's hit show 'Strictly Come Dancing' and performed at live events in United Arab Emirates and China.

Most recently, Siobhan has been working alongside Sky's 'Got To Dance' winners Prodijig, featuring Dundalk man Darren Casey, on their new production 'Footstorm' which is set to tour in the coming months.

Zoe said: 'Siobhán is fabulous! We will be doing two concerts next Sunday, the usual show at 4pm and an extra special show at 2pm specially for children.

'It is for all children, but specifically aimed at babies up to age seven. We will be playing some traditional and classical pieces and also pieces that they will recognise like Dora, Spiderman and so on.

'We have done these shows before at The Ark in Dublin, a theatre for children, but there is little, if any, opportunity for children in County Louth to see real music and dance. They will all be invited up to dance at the end'.

Siobhán began dancing at the age of four in her hometown of Galway with the world-renowned Hession School. For the next 10 years, she competed at local, national and international level. At the young age of 17, she began her professional career touring with Celtic Legends in France and French Polynesia.

Each summer, Siobhán is delighted to be involved in the seasonal show Trad on The Prom in Galway, sharing the stage with some of Ireland's finest musicians and dancers.

The Argus

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