Dance for Life 2017


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‘.

Seamus Kilgannon, CEO of Schivo, had the task of announcing the winners on the night – ‘Schivo are delighted to again be the main sponsor of the Solas Cancer Support Centre’s 2017 Dance for Life event. This is the fourth year in a row for Schivo to support the Solas Cancer SupportCentre and we are delighted to be able to support such a worthy organisation. It is particularly pleasing to be associated with this event as it is a valuable fundraiser for the Centre whilst also giving so many people fun, joy and smiles all down to the fantastic entertainment provided by the wonderful dancers.’

The winning couples were Caolin O’ Meara and Ethan McInerney who danced the Waltz  in the Youth Dance for Life and Keith Walsh and Joanne Quinn who danced the Jive on Friday night show.

Brian Creedon Chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, thanked all the dancers and volunteers involved in the two shows and acknowledged the contribution that this event makes ‘The free support services provided to those affected by cancer would not be possible without events like this. Last year, over 500 people used the services provided by the Solas Cancer Support Centre and this year is likely to see over 550 people using the services. We are delighted to have Schivo’s support again this year and our sincere thanks to Michelle Condon and Michelle Quilty for putting all our dancers through their paces in preparation for the night. Finally a special word of thanks to the wonderful team of Solas Volunteers who made the night possible’

Dance For Life 2017 Gallery