Congratulations to All of Our Dancers

In Ozanam House, we are lucky to work with such incredible people every day. However, the dancers that take part in Ozanam Come Dancing go above and beyond the call of duty. Their tireless work and dedication goes unseen by most but is greatly appreciated beyond words by us here at Ozanam House.

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 was our most successful to date and that is down mainly to our amazing dancers and their time and energy. This will mean that 2019 will be our greatest Summer Project yet and this will have a hugely positive impact on the community of the North Inner City. To our Superhero dancers; Thank You One and All.

Mega Prize Raffle Winners

A huge congratulations to all of our winners of the MEGA RAFFLE which was held in Liberty Hall at Ozanam Come Dancing 2019, on March 8th last. See a full list of our winners below.

All of our winners have been contacted and will collect their prizes in Ozanam House over the coming days.

Thank you so much much to everybody that bought and sold tickets. Our raffle raised €8,690 towards our overall total raised funds of €69,000 for Ozanam Come Dancing 2019.

3 Night City Break for two; Christy Canavan Ticket #352

Overnight stay at Ashford Castle; Evatagio Klingiene Ticket #299

Overnight stay at Mount Wolseley Hotel; Finn Cousidcio Ticket #2021

Family holiday to Trabolgan for a family of 5; Carlos Figueira Ticket #2091

Overnight stay at Cellbridge Manor Hotel; Monica Mak Ticket #1146

Overnight stay at Hamlet Court Hotel; Mary Murphy Ticket #343

Overnight stay at Lakeside Hotel; Beth Graham Ticket #3485

€300 Topflight holiday voucher; David O’Brien Ticket #3482

€70 accommodation voucher for Westport Hotel Group; Susan O’Callaghan Ticket #3431

Voucher for dinner for two; Linda Kenny Ticket #4334

Voucher for dinner for two; Irene Kelly Ticket #3282

Voucher for dinner for two; Helen Byrne Ticket #1282

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 – Raises a staggering €69,000!

Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 

THANK YOU all for your support and for helping us to raise an incredible €69,000 resulting in €63,000 towards our summer youth programmes.

Massive congratulations to Tereza & Graham dancing ‘The Argentine Tango’ – our Ozanam Come Dancing Winners 2019!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all our dancers’ sponsors. Thanks also to the companies who donated goods and services to the event, to Tiernan O’Rourke and his team for producing all of our videos, to Eimear Donegan our Audio Visual Producer on the night, all of our many volunteer helpers on the night and to everyone involved for all of your efforts and support in making Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 an incredibly successful evening.

We look forward to seeing you all on the stage next year!

Congratulations to Our Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 Winners – Tereza and Graham dancing the Argentine Tango

A HUGE Congratulations to our Ozanam Come Dancing 2019 winners

Tereza and Graham danced ‘The Argentine Tango!’

Tereza and Graham both work for law firm McCann Fitzgerald. Tereza said of being involved in Ozanam Come Dancing 2019; “Even though the thought of performing live is daunting, any doubts I might have had dissipated when I met Tony and the Ozanam House team – their enthusiasm for their work is infectious. It is a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful fundraising effort” Graham added; “The Ozanam Come Dancing alumni at McCann FitzGerald have nothing but good things to say about the process and so I just had to get involved.”

Congratulations to Tereza and Graham again and to all our dancers on the night. You contributed to a wonderful night, but also to so much more, helping to raise so much funding for our Youth Summer Projects. The summer projects have such a positive impact on so many young people and children in the North-Inner City.

Thank you all so much.

 

Disco

Disco is a dance that was created from the music and subculture of Disco in the US in the late 60s and early 70s.

This movement was made famous by Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and a host of others.

Disco dance moves include the Bump, Penguin, the Boogaloo and the Robot.

Performed on the night by Jacqueline and Jordi to “Voulez Vous” by ABBA

The Charleston

Charleston is a harbour city in South Carolina. South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State due the fact its main forth was built on spongey palmetto wood which helped repel a British attack as the cannonballs simply bounced off the fortress. Perhaps it is no surprise the Charleston dance is characterised by its bouncy rhythmic movements.

The Charleston made its debut to the wider world in 1923 in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild. It is comprised of the African dance Juba and consists of fast footwork with twisting, bouncing heelwork and swinging arms.

 

Performed on the night by Tara and James to “Bang” by Will.I.Am;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqjl4nRSorM

 

and Helena and Michael to “Rock it For Me” by Caravan Palace;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGSJ3sbivI

 

The Cha Cha

Unlike many of these dances, which formed over time, the Cha-cha’s birth can be located to a specific place and time. Cha-cha music was created by the Cuban composer Enrique Jorrin in the 1950s.

This music was created to fit in rhythmically the dances being performed in the Havana dance halls. This dance is performed in two holds; closed and open.

Performed on the night by Sarah and David to “Lullaby” by Paloma Faith and Sigala

Jive

The Jive is a dance formed from African-American dances in the 1930s. It’s a more uninhabited version of the Jitterbug. Cab Calloway was an early proponent and it brought it to the attention of the wider public.

It is a very happy and ‘boppy’ dance with the lifting and bending of knees and rocking of the hips commonplace. This dance is usually performed to Swing or Rock music.

Performed on the night by Tori and Gerard to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-go” by Wham

Our Dancers’ Thoughts

 

  1. What three words best describe your dance?
  2. How do you feel now compared to the beginning of rehearsals? (more confident, more nervous?)
  3. What has been your highlight so far?
  4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing in the audience on the night?

 

Jacqui

  1. Sparkly/fun/discooooooo.
  2. More confident
  3. Losing a lot of weight
  4. My husband

 

Declan

  1. Elegant/smouldering and sexy.
  2. I have never been so nervous about anything I have done in my life.
  3. I love the challenge of learning something new at 63 years of age and love the feel-good factor in helping to contribute to a worthy cause like Ozanam House.
  4. All my family and friends especially my 2 kids Conor and Lauren and I hope I make them proud of their “Old Man” on the night or else give them a good laugh.

 

Rita

1. I loved it!

2. I feel more confident.

3. Loved every minute of it!

4. To see my biggest supporter, Husband Matt.

 

 

Sarah

 

  1. Fun. ChaCha!
  2. We feel confident enough that we know the routine now but let’s just hope it stays in our heads on the night. We’re definitely more nervous now then we were at the beginning, mainly at the thoughts of performing in front of hundreds of people!
  3. Learning something completely new has been a highlight for both of us and getting to go through this experience together is a bonus, looking back at each week’s progress is a real sense of accomplishment. Another highlight was the table quiz fundraiser we ran in February, the turnout was amazing, and the support shown has been overwhelming and it was great fun!
  4. Definitely our family and friends – knowing that they are all there to support us and cheer us on makes us feel a lot more excited and hopefully ease the nerves.