‘Superstar’ title for local line dance hero

January 13, 2014

World class dance champ Shane McKeever scooped another international accolade last week taking home the World Superstar title from the United Country and Western Dance Council (UCWDC) Championships in Nashville.

The Crossmaglen man, who is renowned in national and international line dance circles for his outstanding talent, saw off competitors from around the globe to win the coveted title. Shane made it to the finals of the world class competition after sailing through 3 qualifying rounds earlier last year and took the crown in Nashville with a typically fantastic performance.

No stranger to winnng, the talented dancer’s latest award represents  his second world title in just 4 months following his gold medal success in the first ever World Dance Sport Games in China last September.

To top off a great week in Nashville, the well travelled dancer even managed to come out on top on his jouney home!  With freezing temperatures gripping the USA last week, his flight home was cancelled. As fate would have it, Shane got to fly home in style the following day when he was upgraded to business class!

Speaking to The Examiner after his eventful week, an exuberant Shane said he was delighted with his latest win and thanked his family and friends for their unfailing support.  This latest achievement is particularly important to Shane as it was his first year competing in the top division “Superstars” category after winning many of the lower division world titles in the competition over the years.

A lifelong dancer,  Shane has certainly put in the practice,  dancing since the tender age of three when he accompanied his Dad and Uncles to Line Dance classes in Crossmaglen’s Rangers Hall! Mum Michelle says his talent was first recognised by local dance teacher Eileen Hughes, who encouraged her to enter Shane in dance competitions.  He competed in his first All-Ireland competition in Mayo when he was just five and walked away with first place and the following year, a six year old Shane scooped his first World Championship title in Nashville.

Since then Shane has trained in many different styles such as Ballroom, Solo Style, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street and also trained as a Gymnast for five years.

The dedicated performer is in his second year of the level 5 HND in Performing Arts and Dance at Belfast Metropolitan College and in his spare time he is very much in demand teaching dance all over Northern Ireland.  He hopes his studies will lead to a degree course in London and eventually a future career in Theatre.

With a string of World titles under his belt, his expertise are always much sought after and 2014 will see Shane become a judge in a South African international dance qualifier.  His own successes also look set to continue with him continuing to take part in international competitions where he will no doubt add many more world titles to his already impressive resume.