PHOTOS: Meet The Contestants In Ardfert NS ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

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Contestants and Organisers of the Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony

STRICTLY Come Dancing Ardfert in association with Ardfert National School Parents Association is hot-stepping its way to the Ballyroe Heights Hotel ballroom on Easter Saturday, April 15.

Following from the hugely successful Strictly Come Dancing Ardfert event last Easter, we will again see 12 couple dances, two show-stopping group dances from the dancers as well as a professional dance from Joe Burkett, creative director with a surprise guest.

This fundraising event is the brainchild of Joe Burkett and Anne Marie Russell who, along with Adelina Baxter, member of the Ardfert National School Parents Association, have been busy at work ensuring a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.

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On the night, the public will be treated to 12 different styles of dance as each couple take on a dance routine. Dance styles include the Waltz, Salsa, American Smooth and Jive.

“The response to this event has just been overwhelming. We are absolutely thrilled with the support we’ve received so far. It’s a fantastic fundraiser and now that the dancers are all on board, we just can’t wait to get started,” enthused Joe Burkett at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing Ardfert on Monday night at Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

“We’ve got 24 brilliant dancers again this year who are all eager to get started with their training. I’m sure we can expect great things on the night from this gang.” added Anne Marie Russell, Secretary of the Ardfert National School Parents Association and organiser of the event, “We as a committee would like to thank all 24 dancers for taking part in this fundraising event for us. We understand that they are giving up their time and we would like them to know that we appreciate it. We are very grateful for their help and support”.

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Taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Ardfert are Marie Connell, JT Dennihan, Grainne Healy, Terry Higgins, Kathleen O’Connor, John Francis, Marie Burke, Brian O’Connor, Marcella O’Flaherty, Marcus O’Sullivan, Anita Bodeham, Stephen White, Diane Jeffers, John Hickey, Eileen Kirwan, Tom Guerin, Gemma O’Mahoney, Gavin Lacey, Catherine Leen, Tommy Long, Helena Clifford, Kieran Lyons, Marion Long and John O’Mahoney.

Rehearsals have started in earnest and presently all couples are doing fantastically well. They are pushing themselves really hard to ensure that the show is as a good as it can possibly be.

Tickets are priced at €20 and are available from the school, the parents association and the dancers. A great night of dance and entertainment is promised, so make sure you get your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Scroll down to meet some off the couples…

Kieran Lyons and Marcella O’Flaherty, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Gavin Lacey and Catherine Leen, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Marion Long and Tom Guerin, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Gráine Healy and Marcus O’Sullivan, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Marie O’Connell and John Hickey, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Anita Bodeham and Brian O’Connor, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Eileen Kerwin and Terry Higgins, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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John and Jemma O’Mahony, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Tommy Long and Kathleen O’Connor, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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JT Deenihan and Helena Clifford, Contestants in Ardfert NS Strictly Come Dancing. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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