An Irish dance school in Swords is jigging for joy after winning TG4’s An Ril Deal 2019 and performing at the Peace Proms in front of President Michael D Higgins.

Dance Hall Academy, based at Applewood Community Centre, is putting its best foot forward this year with a string of achievements already under its belt.

DHA dancer Robyn Caffrey (15) and 13-year-old Anna Kearney won TG4’s flagship Irish dance contest after their bold decision to perform barefoot as Na Sioga.

For the final dance-off, Anna described their “bold, Irish/Hip-Hop infused dance that had edgy and dark undertones so we could display the versatility of our Irish dance and general dance vocabularies”.

Dance Hall Academy were invited to perform to an audience of more than 6,000 people for the Peace Proms 2019 at the RDS.

They have also been commissioned to perform at the Peace Proms in Belfast for 11,000 people at the iconic SSE Arena in the renowned Titanic Quarter.

Dance Hall Academy was founded and developed by Irish dance teacher and adjudicator Lori Hall and dance master Joey Comerford.

Both have an extended resume and have performed professionally in 26 countries on shows including Riverdance, Gaelforce Dance and Ragus.

Joey said: “This is a community-based and community-supported Irish dance school.

“Our vision is that Irish dance education enables every child, regardless of physical capabilities, to be expressive in a nonverbal manner.”

The academy caters for all levels from beginners to advanced from the age of three upwards, and has choreography accreditations with Johnnie Fox’s famous Hooley, Croke Park corporate entertainment and Extreme Rhythm.

Classes in Applewood are on Saturdays from 12.30pm.

For further information, contact Lori at 087 639 5150, email classes@dancehallacademy.com or see Facebook @dancehallacademylori