Trish Lane and Brian Nevin

Sarah Lawrence and Philip Erskine

Launch of Dance for Life 2017 T

he Solas Cancer Support Cen- tre’s ‘Dance for Life 2017’ official launch took place in Dooley’s Hotel

recently. The process of applying, selecting, partnering and scheduling is complete with 20 couples now rehearsing for the show which will take place on Friday, 7th April in The Theatre Royal. Michelle Condon is choreographer for the

event and is putting the dancers through their paces for an energetic group dance and also an individual dance per couple. Michelle says, “With just over four weeks

to go, the pressure is on to put the final touches to the dances and polish the rou- tines. The group dance is great fun and co- ordinating 40 novice dancers for a 4 minute opening number is certainly a challenge but it’s a challenge that everyone is embracing.” Dr Brian Creedon, Chair of the Solas

Cancer Support Centre, spoke on the night to thank the dancers for their time and enthusiasm in preparing for the shows. “We really appreciate the efforts of all the dancers -not only are they putting in a huge amount of time rehearsing but they are also actively fundraising for the Solas Cancer Sup- port Centre. We also want to acknowledge

Solas Colleagues Lucy Blake, AnnMarie Power, Kim Byrne and Ursula Breslin

the support of Schivo, the main sponsor of this event, for their continued support of this event.” As a new initiative, this year Newtown

School Young Social Innovators Group have joined us in this event and will host Youth Dance for Life on Thursday, 6th April. Forty Transition Year students and guest

teachers from Newtown School and Water- park College have started an intense training programme that will culminate in the Youth Dance for Life. 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

Youth Dance for Life participants Abby Fitzmaurice and Rei Yokoyama

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

Michelle Condon and Shelley Quilty

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 en- ergy and enthusiasm have been inspiring.” Both Thursday 6th & Friday 7th April

promise to be exciting and fun- filled for all involved.


John Stephenson and Laura Power

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