Chance to shine for youngsters

Nicky Figgins Dancers
Nicky Figgins Dancers
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Irish eyes will finally be smiling when the previously postponed Essence of Ireland show is staged at Fleetwood Marine Hall on Saturday.

And joining the production will be these youngsters from the Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy in Blackpool

“This is something that the children absolutely love to do, as it gives them great insight into the professional world of performing and a chance to show their talents at Irish dancing,” said Nicky. “The children are all very excited and looking forward to performing with the Essence Of Ireland cast.”

The school offers a full range of classes from ISTD tap, ballet, modern, Irish, street and ballroom plus singing and drama tuition.

“We love to give young dancers the opportunity to experience what it’s like to take part in a national touring show,” said a spokeswoman for the show.”

During this spring tour, Essence of Ireland is helping raise money for Thusha Kamaleswaran, the young girl caught up in a gangs crossfire, leaving her fighting for her life and now paralysed from the waist down. Thusha’s dream was to become a dancer, and the show has stepped in to help raise funds for her long-term future.

“We were delighted to have Thusha and her family as guests to our show at Guildford recently, where she had the opportunity to meet the cast and dancers, and was even more delighted to be presented with a sequinned dress matching our dancers.”

Essence of Ireland follows the story of Sean Dempsey and Coro McGowen, who meet in Ireland in the 1940s, but are forced apart when Sean moves to New York to find work. The moving story depicts the letters sent between the two during their time apart and combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic.