The Solas Cancer Support Centre Dance for Life took place on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April to two full houses in the Theatre Royal. 20 couples danced on each night and after ten weeks of tuition, rehearsal and preparations they all did themselves proud on the night.
As a new initiative, this year Newtown School Young Social Innovators Group joined in this event and hosted Youth Dance for Life on Thursday night. Forty Transition Year students from Newtown School and Waterpark College started an intense training programme in January and this culminate in the Youth Dance for Life Show. Tracy McDaid, Manager of the Solas Cancer Support Centre expressed her delight that the group participating in a Young Social Innovators programme has engaged in many different activities in order to raise both funds and awareness- ‘The three key messages that the students have been promoting during their entire campaign are as follows:
- Our services are completely free
- We offer support to family members and carers as well as persons directly affected by a cancer diagnosis
- It is very easy to engage with our service- it’s as simple as a phone call or dropping in to see us.
Having the team of TY pupils helping us raise awareness of these messages has been a very different approach for us and their energy and enthusiasm have been inspiring’
Head Judge Jimmy Lyons praised all the couples for taking to the stage and embracing the challenge of learning a complex routine in such a short time- ‘It must have been nerve racking for all the amateur dancers to learn these dances and perform them with such professionalism in these auspicious surroundings –they should all give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done‘.