Serious kudos to Shawbrook School of Dance who returned from recent trip to Austria with an armful on medals and qualification through to the World Dance Cup in Romania later this year.
Founder and Artistic Director, Anica Louw, took a team of seven students and a programme of solo, duet and a group performances which spanned classical ballet and contemporary pieces to Bad Ischl before Easter. ‘It’s a trip that is exhausting to even think about let alone deliver on after months of hard work’ said Riona Lynch whose daughter MaryAnn was one of the team.
While Anica, her students and dancer/choreographer Catherine Young were working hard in the studios, the parents were busy fundraising for the group.
‘We got such a great response’ said Riona ‘and we really want to take this opportunity to thank all who supported Anica and the girls. It made their success all the more important to us’.
Shawbrook provides a creative space for the students to work on their own pieces and benefit from professional level studios and master classes from visiting professionals from the world of dance.
Students are trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and the rudiments of Choreography.
They are encouraged to develop their own pieces and express their own individuality through their dance. This makes the Shawbrook experience unique in the world of dance and dance training and the results were clear to see in Austria.
‘It was wonderful to see Anica lauded for the uniqueness of the programme she presented, she made us proud to wear the green Shawbrook hoodie’ said Geraldine Stewart, who traveled with the team. ‘Everyone was asking about the Irish Team’ laughed her daughter Eva who performed in four different pieces, and in one of which she wore the Carrickedmond GAA
Not content to rest on their laurels over the Easter break, students attended an Intensive Easter Camp with choreographer Theo Clinkard and then travelled to Ennis for the National Dance Championships where, again, they scooped awards in all their categories.
The Shawbrook Youth Dance will now turn their attention to their year end event ‘The Shawbrook Forest Festival’ which starts in Backstage Theatre on Friday May 29 at 7.30pm and runs all day in Shawbrook on Saturday 30th May. Check out www.facebook.com/Shawbrook and www.shawbrook.org