UCC Dance – end of year Showcase

UCC Dance Club held their annual showcase in the Firkin Crane Theatre on Sunday 7th April. The sold-out event was a huge success and the dancers put on a fabulous show for their friends, families and fans!

We were lucky enough to have Ronan Carey from the Societies Guild as our MC for the night! Ronan has done so much for the club and we were delighted to have him for our final event of the year. The show featured performances from open and advanced teams in several styles including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and Irish Dance. It was a great way to display the hard work the dancers have put in all year!

Our Intervarsities teams performed their award-winning routines which wowed the crowd. These routines included 1st place contemporary, 2nd place Jazz, 2nd place Mixed and 3rd place Irish dance. Not only that but we had a few special guest performances on the night. UCC’s own Davy Clancy who performed the brush dance in a style commonly found in West Clare. Davy recently did a set dancing workshop for us where we learnt a few steps of this traditional style.

We also had a contemporary performance from Christopher O’ Doherty. He is a well-established 19-year-old dancer in his final year of studying dance in CSN here in Cork. He has been recently accepted into a London Dance College where he will continue his dance education next September.
We welcomed Chris into UCC Dance last semester where he taught an advanced contemporary workshop.

If you thought it couldn’t get any better, we also had a guest appearance from The Wolfe Stage School who performed their award-winning Pom routine choreographed by Careen Wolfe. The girls killed it on stage with their energetic performance.

Our last guest appearance was from the UCC Pharm Society who are the current reigning champions of UCC Dance’s biggest charity event of the year ‘So UCC Thinks it Can Dance’. The crew were brought back due to popular demand and tore up the dance floor with their Britney Spears inspired routine.

A raffle was held at the interval with some fabulous prizes on offer including Afternoon Tea in Hayfield Manor, vouchers for Il Padrinos, Liberty Grill, Roosters Peri Peri, Munster Rugby Club gear and much more! All funds raised from the raffle will be donated to the CUH Children’s Charity Ward.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to see the show and we hope you enjoyed it! We also want to thank the Firkin Crane for having us and Tim for doing the lighting!

Photographs: Celem Deegan