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Get to Know the Stars of Ozanam Come Dancing 2018 (Part One)

Get to know our brave dancers.

This week we asked one half of the group if they had any previous experience when it comes to dancing, what are they most nervous about, gossip from the rehearsals and how they describe their partners.

 

2) Brenda & Gary

BRENDA:

Do you have any previous dancing experience?

Yes, dance has always been a huge passion of mine. I danced ballroom and Latin up until the age of 17. I also have experience in ballet, commercial and contemporary.

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

I am most nervous about falling onstage or forgetting the routine half way through!

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

None specifically. We are having great craic every week in our lesson. June is a brilliant teacher and great fun to work with too.

            Describe your partner in three words.

Gary is hard working, fun and enthusiastic.

 

3) Janina & Peter

JANINA:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

I first started learning ballroom dancing when I was 14, but had to stop after a year due to moving to another country. I only picked it back up early last year, so I guess you could say I’ve got 2 years of experience in Ballroom and Latin dancing.

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

What I’m most nervous about are the other couples, to be honest. I sometimes see them practicing and they all just look so amazing! I’m afraid that I’ll see them on stage and will be so blown away that I’ll lose my confidence and forget my own steps.

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

This is a really difficult question. Generally our practice sessions with June are so short that there is very little time for anything except the dancing to happen. Although there was one time when Peter and I had practiced really hard the entire week and we knew the steps perfectly to the music, but when we tried to show our progress to June, everything fell apart and we did so many simple mistakes. It sounds embarrassing, but it was actually just funny trying to explain to June that we did actually know the steps, we just…. well… didn’t do them when we tried to prove it.

            Describe your partner in three words.

Reliable, Sweet, Intelligent

 

PETER:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

Not really! I started taking some ballroom dance classes just a few weeks before joining Ozanam Come Dancing, so I’m essentially a complete beginner. I’ve really had to learn fast!

         What are you most nervous about on the night?

I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on everything, and only think about the positives, and how much fun I’m having. However… Our dance does include a few parts where I lift Janina into the air. The entire routine could fall apart, we could make complete fools of ourselves, but as long as I don’t drop her, I will consider the whole thing a success. So that’s really the only thing I’m worried about – at least that’s what I’m telling myself!

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

Maybe a different kind of funny, but there have been plenty of times where I was amazed that we were able to really quickly pick up complicated moves, getting them right after three or four repetitions, but then needed to spend almost our entire lesson practicing basic steps because

            Describe your partner in three words.

Dedicated, talented, and fun!

 

4) Celene & Ronan

CELENE:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

I did a tap dancing when I was a child, but gave it up 30 years ago! Now I feel old .

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

Making a mess of some of the really tricky moves we have, that or falling flat on my face!!         Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

Each rehearsal has been funny as my partner Ronan is great fun!

            Describe your partner in three words.

Mad, Funny, Stylish.

 

6) Caitriona & Franco

CAITRIONA:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

No, I have no previous dancing experience. So I am a complete beginner, so for me I have to constantly think of what comes next in the dance because it is not natural for me but I am really enjoying it and I think I might try keep it up after the event.

 

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

I am worried about making a mistake or forgetting a step. I just want to give it my best shot and feel proud after I finish on the stage. I will have my little girl cheering me on in Liberty Hall so I want to make her proud too.

 

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

Yes, for me the main one is getting stuck going underneath Franco’s legs but we just laughed and laughed and that is what it is all about enjoying it along the way.

 

            Describe your partner in three words.

Fun, patient and motivated.

 

7) Maria & Derek

DEREK:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

I’m not exactly a national champion like my partner, Maria, but I have…you know….no experience dancing at all.

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

Messing up, kicking Maria in the knee, my pants ripping…the usual.

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

During a recent practice, Maria kicked a press and her toe started bleeding. She’ll decry a lack of space, but it was a typical violent outburst :)

            Describe your partner in three words.

Talented, sound, violent :)

 

10) Chiara & Fabrizio

FABRIZIO:

            Do you have any previous dancing experience?

Yes, it is being 2 years that I’m enjoying dancing what generally is called swing, but which comprehend different styles.

His origins track back 1920, from Charleston, developed in lindy hop, and in other funny styles and variation, gathered all together under the tree of Jazz dance.

 

            What are you most nervous about on the night?

Mmmm being on the stage will be quite terrifying, but I will try to be as cool as I can, and pretend to be in my leaving room.

 

            Do you have any funny stories from rehearsals so far?

The whole rehearsal it was fun.

            Describe your partner in three words.

Smiley, positive, and fearless!

Behind the Scenes at Ozanam Come Dancing

Ozanam Come Dancing would not happen at all if it was not for the bravery, dedication and talent of the dancers themselves.

A lot of hard work, sweat and tears goes into the rehearsals and luckily for us, our brilliant videographers Steven and Mark from ‘Offscript’ are on hand to capture this amazing journey.

Stay tuned for more updates on the dancers’ progress and you can watch the finished article at Liberty Hall on 9th March. Tickets are available now. €20 each. We hope you can join us on the night.

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Tickets for Ozanam Come Dancing ON SALE NOW

We are very pleased to announce :

TICKETS FOR OZANAM COME DANCING 2018 ARE NOW ON SALE

Tickets are €20. Every ticket purchased will be entered into an exclusive prize draw with excellent prizes up for grabs.

So show your support for our wonderful and brave dancers and join us on the night for great entertainment, supporting our amazing fundraiser and a great night out.

More news to follow.

 

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Anticipation is Building Towards Ozanam Come Dancing 2018

Before this year’s Ozanam Come Dancing starts, many elements have to be carefully planned so the show is a success. Costumes are no different.

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Our twelve brave couples are matched-up with expertly made costumes to maximise performance and make them look the part!

Keep 9th March free in your diary. Details of the event and how to support our dancers can be found on our website.

11) Rachael & David_2

David and Rachael

Dance; Argentine Tango

Song; “Libertango” by Bond

 

David

I am a Spanish and Irish national living in Ireland since 2007. I am a solicitor working for McCann FitzGerald. Despite the fact that I do not have any previous dancing experience I decided to support Ozanam House and Saint Vincent de Paul and participate in Ozanam Come Dancing. With everything that they do in the centre, providing educational, community, youth and childcare programmes I think it is a very worthwhile cause.

 

Rachael

I work with McCann FitzGerald Solicitors which has a long standing relationship with SVP. After hearing about the event, I knew I had to take part both because of the amazing work that Ozanam House does, and also because I believe it will be an unforgettable experience. I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks of rehearsals and getting to know all the other dancers taking part. The charity does fantastic work for the community and I am delighted to be taking part.

 

If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

4) Celene & Ronan

Celene and Ronan

Dance; Disco

Song; “Daddy Cool” by Boney M

 

Celene

I think this is a great opportunity to help a really great charity, when I saw the amount of work Ozanman house do, it gave me inspiration to make sure I work hard to raise as much funds as possible to help their amazing service.  On a personal level, I am looking forward to being part of such a great charity event and in getting fit.

Ronan

I wanted to get involved to give something to those who are less fortunate than a lot of us, and to get over a fear of stage fright, I wanted to get involved in some kind of dance for a long time now but never had the guts to do it. Can’t wait!

 

If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

3) Janina & Peter

Peter and Nina

Dance; Cha Cha 

Song; “Hold My hand” by Joss Glynn

 

Peter

I had just recently started taking ballroom dancing classes when I heard about Ozanam Come Dancing. I figured that getting involved would be a fun challenge for a novice like me, while supporting the amazing work they do at Ozanam House. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens in the coming weeks, and if I’ll even be able to keep up!

Nina

I really loved dancing when I was younger, so when I heard about the opportunity to combine something I love with helping out an organization like SVP Ozanam House by taking part in Ozanam Come Dancing – I had to join in. Ozanam House does great work for the community and is definitely something I want to support. Having done voluntary work with children and elderly people myself, I have seen first-hand how much value even something very simple can have. I’m looking forward to fundraising for this great cause and to learning new things and having an amazing time!

 

If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

10) Chiara & Fabrizio

Chiara and Fabrizio

Dance; Charleston

Song; “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx

 

Chiara

Hi I am Chiara. I work as a financial accountant but I have always loved dancing. When my company sent an email to ask if someone wanted to participate in Ozanam Come Dancing I said yes.  I think this is a nice way to help people and in March we will dance for them. It won’t be easy but I will try to put all my efforts to make it look good!

Fabrizio

I am Italian coming from a small town on the north of the country. I always think how lucky I was with my small community in my town, with all the spaces and activities we had at our disposal. I’m very happy to take part in this event, as I can see the real need to create a community sense that I experienced in my youth. I admire the effort of everyone involved with Ozanam House. I hope by taking part in this great fundraiser and the show, I will help them to develop that sense of being a part of a positive community.

 

If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website