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Local dancers compete in Dance Kraze ‘Battle of the Nations’ extravaganza

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Local dancers compete in Dance Kraze ‘Battle of the Nations’ extravaganza thumbnail'Team Ireland' were delighted be be crowned winners of Friday night's the weekend's Ultimate Dance Kraze 'Battle of the Nations'.

IT has been described as one of the town's biggest and best showcases of local talent and the weekend's Ultimate Dance Kraze 'Battle of the Nations' certainly lived up to expectations.

On Friday and Saturday night, The Den (Melmount Centre) played host to the huge charity fundraiser showcasing the plethora of talent that exists locally.

Organisers had promised big things and they didn't disappoint! Fresh from their recent shows the producers had come up with a unique twist on the formula with the new 'Battle of the Nations' theme.

This entailed dancers competing in different categories of dance representing the countries of Ireland, Spain, America, India, Spain and France. From the Can Can to Riverdance there was a little bit of something for everyone, with a host of special guest performances and interval routines thrown in for good measures.

The Dance Kraze phenomenon, which has raised in excess of £20,000 for various charities over recent years, will see all proceeds go to Action Mental Health.

Speaking on Monday, one of the brains behind the Dance Kraze machine, Jonny Gallagher, says the shows were hugely successful.

"We had a great weekend at the show. Each group represented a country showcasing a dance made famous by its musicians, DJs, artists etc and crazes in that country. Each night the audience voted for their top two favourite acts and then the judges decided the winner after the two went to battle one more time," he explained.

"On the Friday it was Ireland v America. The judges couldn't decide a winner so went back to the audience vote in which Ireland claimed victory. On Saturday night India and France were the top two and the judges decided on France as their winner. The format worked really well. The audience were out in force with their little flags cheering on their countries.

"The audience were kept entertained as we had loads of comedy videos using a green screen in which placed our compere all over the world in famous locations throughout the night. We also had special guest acts such as Urban Shock Dance Company and a very young talented opera singer who had the audience on their feet both nights.

"We also had some of the best championship jivers and Irish dancers performing, a martial arts demonstration which involved the use of swords, knifes and breaking boards so there was huge variety of entertainment to keep the audience captivated.

"The feedback from the show has been amazing and personally it has been one of my favourites."

Jonny thanked all the performers and everyone who contributed in any way to the success of this year's show.

"Dance Kraze has no plans to return next year as of yet as we are taking time out to consider our next move. However not to panic, you can catch a showcase in the Alley Theatre in March celebrating 10 years since it first opened when we will be performing along with many other local talented groups," he added.

To keep up to date, see the 'Ultimate Dance Kraze' Facebook page.

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