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Thursday 14 December 2017

Irish troupe need your votes in TV dance final

IRELAND dance sensation Prodijig are warming up for an epic final on Got To Dance -- but need to tap into the vast Irish support.

The seven Irish dancers, who range in age from 21 to 27, are favourites to win the high profile TV dance competition in the UK.

The troupe met on the current professional Riverdance tour and Corkman Alan Kenefick (27) is credited with creating the innovative choreography.

Dundalk man Darren Casey (22) and Meath dancer Dane McKiernan (24), along with Craig Mason (21), Andy O'Reilly (24), Christina Havlin (24) and Ciara McGillan (25) from the UK, make up the group.

The Sky 1HD live final takes place on March 4 where €250,000 is up for grabs.



stunned

Darren, from Fatima in Dundalk, said that they are stunned at the response they've received so far -- but crucially need public votes.

"We're delighted at just how much viewers seem to like it," he said.

"We wanted to do something very different, something that pushed at the boundaries of Irish dance and stood out from the other acts."

"I've had so many good wishes from home, which has been a great support, as I'm caught up in rehearsals all the time, and haven't had a chance to get back since Christmas."

Darren said that they hope to expand on their own brand of Irish dancing.

"Our style is probably a more 'street' version of Irish dance. We've decided to call it 'prodijigging'" he said.

And lead choreographer Alan said that, although the team are just concentrating on Got To Dance, they have huge plans for the future.

"In Riverdance we danced to thousands of people quite often, which was amazing," he said.

"Standing ovations became the norm whereas now with Prodijig it's more exciting as it's my own choreography and all my friends are with me and it's just more personal when you get a good reaction."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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