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Local Irish dancing champion joins Lord of the Dance world tour

All the world’s a stage for Whitecross dancer Aine Malone who is set to embark on a global tour with Michael Flatley’s Irish dance spectacular, Lord of the Dance “Dangerous Games”. The World Champion Irish dancer will be jetting off to Russia in October as part of the renowned dance extravaganza which has now been running for over 20 years.

Featuring groundbreaking new technology including holographs, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world champion acrobats,  the production tells the story of the battle between the Lord of the Dance – originally played by Michael Flatley – and the evil Dark Lord against a backdrop of live music, song and dance.

Speaking to The Examiner as she prepares for her exciting opportunity, the local Irish dancing star says she is finally realising a lifelong dream of being part of one of the world’s most popular dance shows.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so excited to finally be part of it!” says the 18 year old, whose legs have been flying and her feet tapping since the tender age of 3 when she joined the Rooney O’Malley Maguire Dance School. 

With 7 back to back Ulster Championship titles and 3 World Champion titles under her belt, Aine is no stranger to new dance routines and hard work.  That wealth of experience and dedication will stand by the dancing champion as her feet will literally hit the ground running with her first performance taking place on 1st November – just 24 hours after she arrives in Russia.

With no time to waste, the dedicated dancer is busy rehearsing her routines with dance teachers Eamonn and Debbie O’Malley, who have also performed in Flatley’s shows over the years.  Aine says their expertise have been crucial in helping her learn and perfect the high octane routines from the famed dance show.

“Debbie and Eamon have both been in the show themselves so they’ve been able to advise me on what to expect and their help with the routines has been fantastic,” says Aine.

Explaining how she came to apply for the role, the outgoing St.Paul’s student says,

“I was finishing school in June after completing my A-Levels and throughout the year I was trying to decide whether to go to University or take a year out to concentrate on dancing.  I decided to apply for Lord of the Dance and take it from there. The production team rang me and asked me to audition in Belfast and I found out in June that I had been accepted!

“I’m thrilled to have such a fantastic opportunity and feel like I should do it now when I am young and fit and just go with it. I’m very excited that I’m realising my dream of dancing in the show and to travel the world with it will be just amazing.”   

In fact, the Whitecross girl will visit four countries in just two months starting in Russia in November then on to Germany and Poland before arriving in China in December.   She says her family and friends are both “excited and apprehensive” for her and, as far as the gruelling and demanding schedule show goes, Aine feels ready to take it on.

“The dance troupes get a break every two months so I’ll be able to come home and recharge, see friends and family before getting back to the show,” she says.

Her dance teachers have also expressed their pride in one of their star pupils.

Eamonn O’Malley from the Rooney O’Malley Maguire school said he and his wife Debbie, along with stalwart dance teacher Mrs Keenan, are “very proud of Aine.” 

“This has always been a dream for her, she’s worked very hard and is dedicated to her dancing and her school.  Aine has always been a pleasure to teach, she listens attentively, works hard and always keen to improve on her performance, these are key to her success.

“It is great to see Aine following in the footsteps of her teachers, myself and Debbie Maguire who also performed in Michael Flatley’s shows.  Aine is an inspiration to all the young Rooney O’Malley Maguire dancers.  We wish Aine every success with this show and for the future.”

The Examiner would like to wish Aine safe travels and the best of luck in her amazing opportunity, living her dream on stages around the globe.