Top choreographer’s advice is given a whirl at East Wall and Lucan schools

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A group of talented young dancers from Dublin were recently given the opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from an international choreographer.

Choreographer and performer Murray Grant visited Dublin recently to host two exclusive masterclasses for students from Phoenix Performing Arts College in East Wall, and WestSide Performing Arts in Lucan, in early November.

The classes gave the young, upcoming dancers a look into what would be expected from professional performers by guiding them through a fun and engaging class.

The stage hopefuls took part in an exclusive masterclass with Grant, who has previously performed in professional musical theatre, opera, and cabaret productions in Los Angeles, New York, Sydney and Vienna.

Grant co-founded The MGA Academy in 2005 to provide a platform for young stage talent to train in Scotland at an equivalent level to London colleges.

Last year, the academy became the first full-time professional training academy in Scotland to be awarded accreditation by CDMT, the UK’s quality assurance and membership body for the professional dance, drama and musical theatre industries.

Murray, who was glowing in his praise for the young students he met in Dublin, said: “I had a great time working with the students in Dublin as they were all focused and keen to learn.

“It was great to be able to travel to Dublin to share my passion for the industry and hopefully inspire some future stars of the stage from the area.”

Elizabeth Ennis, creative director of WestSide Performing Arts, said: “Murray sharing his knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the industry is an invaluable experience for our students.

“His professionalism, caring attitude and high-energy in the studio not only brings out the best of each dancer, but encourages them to push out of their comfort zone and improve their technical and performance ability.

“The opportunity to work with Murray has been one of the highlights of the terms for our students.”

Recent graduates of The MGA Academy include Northern Irish star Rhiannon Chesterman, who featured in Mrs Henderson Presents and Grease, as well as Disney film star Thomas Doherty, who starred in Descendents 2, and Rebecca Stenhouse, who played Sandy in Grease aboard Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is currently accepting applications from budding young dancers for auditions in Ireland next February, for a place at the prestigious academy in Scotland.

Auditions for places on full-time degree courses will take place in Dublin on Sunday, February 17 next.

Anyone looking to pursue a future in dance – or at the academy – can apply online at[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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