Month: March 2012

Sneakin’ London

Ciara Sexton’s not the only Irish dancer to don a skintight bodysuit on stage. (Psst. Check out her LOTD shot to the right.)

Earlier this month, ambush dancers the Sneaky Steppers had a little fun with Londoners when they accepted Ellen’s Dance Dare, a crowd-sourced video challenge where Ellen’s fans bust moves in public without grabbing attention from nearby people — and it’s all caught on camera.

And did I mention the form-fitted Morphsuits?

Here’s their vid:

That wasn’t the end of the dance antics. The Sneaky Steppers — which is actually a part of socially groundbreaking stage show Hammerstep — hit London’s historical Trafalgar Square on St. Patrick’s Day. A reported 18,000 were in attendance, including Mayor of London Boris Johnson, for the innovative cross-cultural show.

The London show also featured prodigal child of fiddlers Pat Mangan — who does a wicked Rihanna cover, I might add.

Armed with cameras, a team of student filmmakers followed the sneaky stepping Hammerstep gents throughout the city, ending at Trafalgar Square for the big show.

Watch the final product here:

Up & Over It offers Irish dance classes

Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding — better known as Up and Over It — will now offer weekly Irish dance classes in London.

According to the Facebook event description, the classes “will explore the many different styles of Irish dance for performance.”

As a prerequisite for the class, dancers must be of intermediate ability or better in tap, Irish or clogging. Will be interested to learn more about this class, which will be offered at London’s Pineapple Studios. If you’re in London and planning on checking it out, please let me know.

Up and Over It, popularized worldwide for initiating the hand-dance phenomenon, continues to crank out crazy-entertaining video shorts, including this one released on YouTube earlier in the week:

Loving the infusion of ballet, hip-hop, club and skipping rope!

Prodijig wins Got To Dance

Congratulations to the extremely talented dancers of Prodijig, winners of “Got To Dance.”

The dancers are: Alan Kenefick (27), Dane McKiernan (24), Darren Casey (22), Craig Mason (21), Andy O’Reilly (24), Christina Havlin (24), Ciara McGillan (25).

Here’s a link to the performance, and the video is embedded below:

Here’s Prodijig’s audition performance:

And here’s the semi-final performance: