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Are you ready to ‘Take the Floor’?

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Irish dancers around the world have begun auditioning online for a new Irish dance show, which is set to  take place in Ireland this summer. The new show, in association with Riverdance, will premier at The Helix  in Dublin and continue on a short tour of Ireland this August.  

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 8.39.48 PMTake The Floor, directed and produced by former Riverdance stars Shane McAvinchey & Paula Goulding will begin its rehearsal period on July 30th, just ten days before the premiere show. The production boasts the largest Irish dance show with a cast of 60 of the top Irish dancers and aspiring professionals including participants from countries such as Japan, Russia, USA, Mexico, Australia, Romania and Portugal. Shane, who runs his own Irish dance schools in Germany, Poland, Spain and Russia says, “The vast international flavour of the show makes it truly unique. We staged the first Take The Floor project last year in Dublin and it was amazing to see an Irish dance show with such a diverse range of nationalities. Over 15 countries were represented among the dancers.” 

Chosen cast members will arrive in Dublin the end of July and with only 10 days to the opening night will learn and rehearse a full scale production to be ready for its unveiling at 8pm on August 9th! Following the Dublin premiere the cast will proceed on a short tour of Ireland with shows taking place at Limerick’s Universtity Concert Hall on August 11th and in Derry’s Millenium Forum on August 13th as one of the highlight events of Fleadh Ceol na hEireann 2013.

“We could not think of a more prominent year for Take The Floor to perform in some of Ireland’s most prestigious venues. In this, the year of The Gathering we are assembling a multi-national cast of the world’s top Irish dancers to tour Ireland. We have an opportunity to really showcase the international scope of Irish culture and entertainment and demonstrate its reach and potential”, says Paula.  

Screen Shot 2013-03-16 at 8.41.17 PMDancers are sourced and auditioned through an online application process using social networking sites & video submission. According to the Shane, the aim is to bring together young, talented dancers to train in performance Irish dance and offer them the opportunity to work with and learn from world renowned choreographers.

“Over the course of the 10 day rehearsal period the group will learn what it means to be part of a professional, full scale, Irish dance production,” says McAvinchey. “They will also be given the chance to gain exposure with scouts from professional touring companies attending rehearsal days and shows.”

Live music for Take The Floor will be provided by the much sought after traditional Irish band, Beoga, described by The Wall Street Journal as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.” Choreographers for the show include former Riverdance lead and RTE’s Celebrity Jigs n’ Reels winner Nicola Byrne, Ragús choreographer and tutor with The Irish Academy of Music & Dance at The University of Limerick, Michael Ryan and Ciara Sexton, former lead of Lord of the Dance and one of the choreography team with Heartbeat of Home, the new production from the producers of Riverdance.

“Since leaving Riverdance we have been developing different projects and ideas, have produced shows and conducted workshops in Ireland and across Europe over the past few years. We wanted to condense somehow all the expertise and knowledge that we gained over our years performing professionally and pass onto the aspiring professionals of tomorrow. We devised this 10 day lead-up to the show, concentrating on stage and performance training and very importantly, experiencing the highs and lows of the rehearsal process so that we can really give these dancers a taste of what life as a professional performer is like and in turn, help set them up for their future careers and allow them to see the life outside of competitive Irish dance.” says Paula.

So will you be taking part in Take The Floor this year? Let us know in the comments below and apply here. 

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  1. i love to dance and perform, is it possible to actually get a spot on the show? i have been dancing for three years, and self taught…. yes its not the typical what you hear, but i would love to give other self taught dancers a chance

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