11 youngsters from Dundalk gearing up to represent Ireland in Los Angeles
Eleven young talents from Dundalk are gearing up for their trip to Los Angeles at the end of the month to represent Ireland in the World Championship of Performing Arts.
In total 21 multi-disciplinary artists will be flying the national flag in Hollywood under the guidance of local woman Stacey Murnaghan, who is the licenced National Director for Team Ireland.
The team of dancers, musicians, models and vocalists will depart for America on Wednesday June 28th and will return on July 9th.
Eleven performers, aged between 10 and 17, are from Dundalk and they are so proud and thrilled to be able to represent their country at this level.
They have been training and working really hard to perfect all their acts, in Solo and Group Categories, ahead of the 10 days of intense competition that they are facing. This event is also known as the ‘Talent Olympics’ with well-wishers and contributors including stars like Debbie Allen and Arnold Schwarzenegger amongst others!
The children have been hosting a number of different fundraising events to try and financially cover the expenses involved in getting to this prestigious competition and they would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who has helped them along the way so far.
The World Championships of Performing Arts sets out to find and honour the best aspiring performers on earth and the team will be competing against 63 other Nations, including over 1,200 participants, for the gold, silver and bronze and there is also $130,000 worth of scholarships for outstanding contestants!
Last year all seven Funky Feet senior team members were awarded scholarships for the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex and came home with six Gold, four Silver and two bronze medals.
National Director of Team Ireland, Stacey Murnaghan, who is also director of Funky Feet dance group from Dundalk said: “Last year’s team was exceptional and did our country proud. This year I feel we are even stronger with this junior team and I am really looking forward to flying the flag high for Ireland with these extremely talented group of young performers on the world stage.”
The local kids travelling are: Vanessa Kirk, Caitlin Fee, Kerry McKenna, Caitlin Rooney, Ellie Mulligan, Caoimhe Mulligan, Aoife Savage, Lauren Mathews-McGuinness, Kerry-Anne Carr, Ryan Bannon and Lonan Murphy.