Irish dancers favourites to win €300k TV competition
PRODIJIG: Ex-Riverdance stars impress the judges
AN IRISH dance troupe is in the running to win nearly €300k after the public voted for them to compete in the final of Sky's Got To Dance.
Prodijig, who have been described as "the future of Irish dancing" were the first act to be confirmed last night for the final.
The programme's judges - Diversity lead dancer and choreographer Ashley Banjo, former Pussycat Dolls dancer and singer Kimberley Wyatt, and Coyote Ugly star and West End performer Adam Garcia - were so impressed by the group that they urged the public to vote for them.
Prodijig were the only act that all three panellists named as the one they most wanted to see reach the final.
The seven-strong act are Irish dancers from the professional tour of Riverdance. Cork man Alan Kenefick (27) is one of the founding members of the troupe. He started dancing at just nine years old, and joined Riverdance in 2007, after winning every possible title in Irish dancing from regional titles, All-Ireland, Great Britain, North American, British Nationals and World Championships in 2003.
Since he started touring with Riverdance, Alan has starred in Michael Flatley's Celtic Tiger and Magic Of The Dance where he was a lead dancer.
Alan is joined in Prodijig by another Riverdance performer, his girlfriend Ciara McGillan (25).
The Belfast beauty has been dancing since she was four and has also won major championships locally, in Ulster and the All-Ireland title, as well as placing in the top three at International Championships. The rest of the troupe members include Donegal man Darren Casey (22), Dane McKiernan (24) from Co Meath, Christina Havlin (24) from Northern Ireland, Craig Mason (21) and Andy O'Reilly (24), who are English-born.
On last night's show, Kimberly Wyatt praised the troupe for their versatility.
"Wow, you can do it all," she said. "You dance like champions. It's just brilliant."
Adam Garcia was equally positive. He said: "In your audition I said you were mind blowing. Tonight, I was so trying to pick something apart from your performance. You know what, I can't. Amazing."