Sixteen-year-old Justin McGuire is currently reaching for the stars as he embarks on a dancing performance of a different kind this month when he performs as one of the 50 best dancers in the world at the ‘Take to the Floor’ 2012 show in the Helix on August 15 next.
The Carrickedmond lad is the son of Seamus and Margaret and brother to Lauren, who is also gaining esteem in Irish dancing circles, and has been dancing his way to the top of the Irish dancing world league for the past few years. So, for many, it will come as no surprise that he has been selected as one of the best in the world to take part in the prestigious Take the Floor 2012 which is being held in association with Riverdance.
The 10 day event will see a new full-scale production being created, rehearsed and staged by a cast of over 50 Irish dancers from around the world. Directed and produced by former Riverdance members Shane McAvinchey and Paula Goulding, dancers include those from Ireland, UK, Germany, France, Romania, Portugal, Russia, USA, Mexico, Australia and Japan.
It aims to bring together, young, talented dancers to train in professional Irish dancingand offer them the opportunity to learn choreography from world famous choreographers. For Justin McGuire – who will be entering fifth year at Ballymahon Convent in September - the event has provided him with the opportunity of a life time to not only develop and enhance his own exceptional Irish dancing skills, but to do so in the company of some of the most professional dancers and choreographers in the business. “I’m very excited about this,” young Justin told the Leader on Monday. “Shane McAvinchey and Paula Goulding from Riverdance are the directors of the Show and it includes a 10 day workshop of all modern Irish dance and ballet, acting and drama. It gives me the chance to develop my own dancing skills and work with professionals. It will also be a great opportunity to meet friends and make new ones.”
Justin McGuire has been dancing since the age of four and has participated in some of the most prestigious Irish dancing competitions in the world. He also has in his possession, an abundance of accolades and is currently gearing up for the British Open Championships and World Championships which will be held in Boston next April. “Unfortunately, I was out of action for a while because of an ankle injury,” he added. “But I’m back in business now and preparing for the Great Britain’s in Brighton, which takes place soon and the World’s in Boston next April.”
Over the course of 10 days, Justin and the group will learn all about being part of a professional, full scale, Irish dance production. They will also be given the chance to gain exposure with scouts from professional touring companies attending rehearsal days and the final show. Live music for Take the Floor 2012 will be provided by world renowned traditional Irish band, Beoga and choreographers include; Nicola Byrne (former Riverdance lead, Celebrity Jigs n’ Reels winner); Michael Ryan (TCRG, Dance tutor University of Limerick, Ragus Director) and Breandán De Gallai (Riverdance Dance Director, Noctu director/choreographer, An Jig Gig judge).