Saturday 16 December 2017

Star dancer Darren returns to his roots

Margaret Roddy

TWENTY years after Riverdance first took the world by storm, Irish dancing is still as popular as ever.

Twenty years after Riverdance first took the world by storm, Irish dancing is still as popular as ever.

Children living in the north east are especially lucky as Scoil Mona Ni Rodaigh has been teaching generations of Irish dancers who have gone on to win prizes at national and international competitions and danced in some of the biggest dance shows in the world like 'Riverdance' and 'Lord of the Dance'.

Now the team of expert dance teachers of Mona Lennon and her daughters Ciara and Dearbhla, are delighted that former student, Darren Casey who shot to fame with his group Prodijig, has come back to assist and share some of the skills he has learned.

Darren began working with some of the older dancers late last year for the school's 'Christmas Cracker' show and enjoyed the experience so much, that he offered his help on an ongoing basis.

Mona is always delighted to welcome back former students.

'It's a great honour to have these dancers return to their roots and give something back both to their school and the wider community,' says Mona.

'Irish dance has evolved greatly since I started the school back in 1970 and I'm very proud to be part of this evolution.'

Both Ciara and Dearbhla were principals in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance and have become increasingly active in the development of the school.

'We learned from the best,' says Dearbhla of her mum.

'We're embracing the challenge of passing our skills to a new generation of dancers.

'We each have different attributes that we bring to the table in terms of solo dancing, team dancing, and, of course, the more contemporary type of dancing. I have no doubt that Darren will be a great asset in this regard!'

Ciara, who had recently moved back to Dundalk having lived in Co Wicklow for some time, is relishing the challenge of bringing dancers to the next level.

'I'm very excited to see the new generation of 'Mona' dancers bring back to Dundalk the accolades we achieved in the past;.

The school is holding an open evening in St Nicholas Hall this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., so aspiring pupils can find out what the school has to offer, meet the teachers and see some fast feet in action.

For more information, contact 086 8548145, email or find them on Facebook.

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