And the Winners are....
The Shockarella’s may have been the judges champions at the
Strictly kids Dancing event, but in truth all involved were winners.
Seven groups of enthusiastic dancing stars aged between 7-12 twisted, flipped, tapped and spun on the Mellon Country Hotel dance floor on Saturday night in aid of Care for Cancer.
The groups ranged from Hip Hop to Highland dancing and jiving to traditional set dancing. There was even two cheerleading groups complete with pom poms, all thoroughly entertaining the 300 plus in attendance.
The Tyrone Herald has profile each young dance group over the past three weeks as we counted down to the big night and it didn’t disappoint according to care for cancer chairman, Ivan Gilmore.
“it was absolutely brilliant.” he proclaimed. “It couldn’t have gone any better.
“Every group was truly outstanding. It was a tremendous showcase of local talent that wouldn’t have been out of place entered in Britain’s Got Talent. The audience absolutely loved it and the smiles on the faces of all those participating were a joy to see. They certainly did themselves, their families and their respective groups proud. It is amazing to see the talent that exists in the Omagh area.”
The participating acts have spent months practising for this night, while some have been learning their particular style of dance for many years. They were; two Pom Pom Panthers cheerleading teams, Omagh, The Shockarella’s from the Station Centre Omagh, Ruby’s Jive Bunnies, Castlederg/Donegal, Cliodhna’s Academy, Carrickmore, Omagh St Enda’s and the Blue Thistle Highland Dancers from Drumquin.
With such a variety of performance, the audience were treated to a wide array of different skills and steps.
But with such diverse acts on display, this just made the three judges - Tom Sweeney, Patricia Wilson and Ann McElroy - jobs even harder.
Ivan said, “The judges sure had a difficult task as the acts were so good and so hard to split, but it just came down to the performance on the night and the judges choice was The Shockarella’s.
“It really could have gone to any of the seven acts. There was then a second award to the Ruby Rankin and her Jive Bunnies for raising the most money for the charity.”
The Care for Cancer chairman took the opportunity to thank all the groups for taking part, their mentors, the audience, the three judges and compere for the evening Paddy Hunter.
Ivan thanked all those who donated and highlighted that “every penny” will be spent locally to help patients with cancer and their families.
Ivan said, “This was Care For Cancer fundraising event but it was also such a community event. It was about the children at the end of the day and every one is a winner."
The total raised for the night was a whopping £15,905.38
“This is local money for local people. Every penny raised is spent in a 20 mile radius to Omagh.”
Articles and Photos courtsey of Mark McKelvey and the Ulster Herald