Lord of the Dance star launches Manchester’s First Irish Dance Academy
Lord of the Dance star launches Manchester’s Dance Academy
25 year old Lord of the Dance star and World Champion – James Keegan together with his sister Louise Keegan, an experienced dance teacher and choreographer, are to launch Manchester’s first Irish Dancing Academy.
When asked to comment on what the Keegan Academy will have to offer James commented, “ We hope to marry the rigour of traditional Irish dancing, students entering feis’ and worldwide competitions, along with special workshops and stage craft getting them ready for positions in touring shows and getting involved with performing in festivals and our own exhibitions. However students may decide to just come along and get fit or to simply enjoy the social side of our classes. Louise and I have a wealth of experience and we want to encourage the next generation of Irish dancers in Manchester to develop and show off their talents. We do not expect them all to be world champions, well not straight away!!”
James probably started dancing before he could walk. At the age of 4 he joined the Lally School of Irish Dancing, where Louise was already a student and they both enjoyed much success. James is a three times world champion and is one of the few dancers in the world to win the Grand Slam of Irish Dancing (winning all the 7 major titles in one year.) Whilst a student at St Bede’s College, he was the principle dancer with the award winning Young, Gifted & Green Irish troupe, which appeared on numerous national TV programmes including the BBC’s Blue Peter and Songs of Praise.
After leaving St Bede’s at the age of 16 James began touring the globe with the world famous Lord of the Dance show. For the last seven years James has been one of the lead dancers with the show. He recently appeared in the newly released Lord of the Dance 3D film, alongside Michael Flatley. As well as his extensive stage experience, James has appeared on countless TV programmes in the UK, Europe and America. He has also spent much time in Europe and America putting on workshops to help train the future stars of Irish Dancing.
Louise is a Primary School teacher and has for the last fifteen years been the choreographer and co-founder of Manchester’s award winning Young, Gifted & Green. The troupe has helped raise over £200,000 for different charities and countless awards, performing sell out shows at numerous venues which have included the likes of the Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry and the Royal Albertl Hall in London with Blue Peter.
The Keegan Academy of Irish dancing will have a launch and registration evening at the Chorlton Irish Club, High Lane, in Chorlton, on Tuesday 6th September from 6.30pm to 8pm for parents and children wishing to join the Keegan Academy.
Beginner classes start Thursday 8th September 6pm – 7pm and every Thursday after.
Also beginner class Saturday 10th September 11.30 -12.30 and every Saturday after.
Adult classes every Thursday 7 -8
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07879 290 541