Swords dance crew bid for top talent show glory this weekend

by Sylvia Pownall

Swords dance crew BSD are hoping to emulate the success of last year’s Ireland’s Got Talent winners as they compete in the live shows this weekend.

The 37-strong group of dancers have been rehearsing seven days a week in the run-up to their big semi-final performance at the Helix this Sunday, March 31.

Glory for the youngsters would see a dance troupe win the show outright for the second year running – after Cork-based RDC took the title in 2018.

Dance teacher Niamh Carroll (23) told Dublin Gazette: “It was a dance troupe that won it last year so why not again this year? That is the attitude we have.

“The kids have been rehearsing since they got the Golden Buzzer. It’s a very, very tough routine they have planned but they’re ready for it.

“They range in age from nine all the way up to 17 and the younger ones seem to be less nervous than the teenagers.

“Everybody’s mams and dads are going on Sunday night. We’ve taken nearly 100 tickets so there’ll be a little army of supporters.”

BSD’s electrifying audition performance has racked up more than 600,000 views since it aired last month as they secured the second Golden Buzzer of the series.

After giving them his vote, judge Jason Byrne said: “I got the shivers down my back.”

Michelle Visage added: “You kids just ripped the roof off this place.”

BSD, based at Airside, has almost 400 children on its books with classes for funky babies catering for kids as young as two.

Niamh said she feels blessed to be doing what she loves and working with best pal Amy Fitzpatrick (24).

She said: “We will be visiting schools around Swords this Thursday trying to drum up support. It’s all down to the votes on the night.”

Watch out for BSD on Ireland’s Got Talent on Virgin Media One this Sunday at 7.30pm.

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