BUDDING Irish dance stars trained by Birmingham-based ‘Lord of the Dance’ star John Carey will be showcasing their skills at Solihull School this Saturday.
The 32 dancers from the city’s Carey Academy of Irish Dancing will be performing ‘Careyography – The Show’ as a dress rehearsal for the World Irish Dance Championships in Philadelphia next month.
They will include 14-year-old current world title-holder Joe O’Donnell Bitter who attends the co-educational independent school in Warwick Road, Solihull.
The show, which will be held in Solihull School’s Bushell Hall, will feature traditional Irish dancing and solo and 16-hand team dancing specially choreographed for the championships.
The championships are taking place in America for the first time, from April 5-12.
The event will also include a guest appearance from eight-times world champion John Carey who understudied ‘Riverdance’ legend Michael Flatley before being appointed lead dancer in his ‘Lord of the Dance’ in which he has performed all over the world.
John Carey, who was also
unbeaten at the British National and Great Britain championships – winning both 11 times - launched the Carey Academy in 2007, taking over the former Doherty Academy Birmingham class.
Solihull School has strong links with the academy, having helped teenager Joe O’Donnell Bitter win the world Irish dance title for the past two years.
Joe, who is aiming to retain his world title in Philadelphia, won his first British title at the age of eight, holds over 24
national titles and is undefeated All Ireland champion.
His mother Nicole Bitter said: “It was Joe’s dream to dance at the world’s best Irish dance school, which was what led him to the Doherty Academy and on to Solihull School, which has been very supportive of his dancing.”
John Carey said: “We are delighted to be able to use Solihull School’s Bushell Hall for our dress rehearsal for Philadelphia. It will enable friends and families of the dancers and other guests who may not be able to travel to have the chance to see the performances in an informal atmosphere.
“The event, which will also help raise funds towards the dancers’ travel costs, will be a true Irish dance spectacular.”
‘Careyography - The Show’ will begin at 7.30pm (drinks reception from 7pm) tomorrow, Saturday (March 28). A limited number of tickets for the one-a-half-hour show are still available at £8. Call Debbie Hendry at the Carey Academy on 07730 650025.