2012 was certainly a busy year for the teachers of Legenderry Irish Dance. One of our busiest years yet!
We had the year begin with the preparations for our ‘Not So Strictly’ Dance Event for the charity Aware, Defeat, Depression where we had 10 couples who had never danced previously learning routines combining irish dance, and other types of dance including meringue and salsa.
To prepare for the event, we managed to persuade 20 people to take part in a ‘flash mob’ in Ebrington Square the day before to help with their confidence (or so we told them! Lol). Obviously we recorded the mob and put it on Youtube where it now has 7243 views!
This event was a huge success with a sell out night in the City Hotel and a great night of celebration as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.
In April, we were asked to provide a ceili class to a mahoosive group of students visiting the city. This was probably the biggest ceili class we had done. Nearly 50 teenagers crammed into the dance studio, Playhouse and teaching them the bridge of athlone was challenging but amazing craic! Fair play to all of them, they all gave it a go and really enjoyed themselves!
Also in April, we did a dance fitness class with some of the members of Pilots Row Youth Club. Dancing to pop music and mixing zumba and irish dance, we helped the girls get fit whilst learning how to dance! This ended with the girls showing off what they learnt as they put on a display for the youth club. We even got our American friends, Morgan and Shannon, who were visiting to join in!
After this, I decided to have a go at ‘street dancing’. So I took part in a ‘Street Dance’ workshop with Pineapple Dance Studio teachers Super Malcolm and Kasmir Lewis Adams in conjunction with Dolphin Dance School. I finally discovered that I had arms, as they haven’t left my side for years of Irish Dancing! It was one of the best and most enjoyable dance classes I have ever went to, also got to teach the instructors a little bit of irish dance as you can see below!
Next was our trip to Americano to visit our lovely friends across the water, The Gallagher Girls! As always, the trip was amazing and the kindness and generousity of all the girls especially their teacher Fedelmia was overhwhelming and greatly appreciated!
We also had two adult Irish Dance courses last year in Derry and Foreglen. All of the ladies were amazing and totally up for the craic and banter. Great exercise and great company combined!
The school also celebrated 2 years running in September where we gave away a beginners box to one of our lucky facebook fans to show our appreciation for all their support! I think it’s fair to say that Jasmine was pleased as punch with her prize as you can see below!
October came with a bang and a huge ceili class with students from the North West academy which was hilarious! Even though there was very little English spoken, they all did incredibly well and with over 50 people present, it was amazing to see everyone get up and give it a go!
Our next adventure in Americano was to happen in November but the night before, our flight got cancelled and we were gutted!! How dare a snow storm prevent us from visiting The Gallagher Girls!
And to finish off the year, we had a lovely Legenderry Christmas Night Out with a few of our fantastic helpers. We would love to thank everyone who has helped with the school last year, especially Maura, Christine and Louise who are always there when we need them!
Thanks to everyone that had attended our classes in the last year and all the groups we partnered with to make the classes even more special!