Cairde dance group takes center stage at Galway School


A group of Irish dancers who have gone viral on the Tik Tok social media platform are going from strength to strength with plans underway for a world tour in 2022.

Cairde organized a special show for primary school children in Galway to promote Active School Week.

Cairde is a group of friends and students from Clare, Cork and Galway, who have participated in Irish dance competitions from a young age.

Their elite dance skills have now garnered huge international media attention since they started uploading videos to Tik Tok during the pandemic, going viral thrills with over 80 million views and an army of new followers. .

The group appeared on RTÉ’s Late Late Show, ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning America with a live performance at the Cliffs of Moher that aired in Times Square, New York on St. Patrick’s Day.

This week, Cairde took center stage at the Radharc na Mara National School in Mervue, where the mother of one of the dancers is a teacher. Breda Fallon says she is so proud of her son Francis and all the dancers.

“I just wanted to bring some of the joy that they are spreading all over our school. Luckily they said yes. The boys competed in feiseanna at a very high level until about two years ago. That means traveling and competing… every weekend and four training nights a week, ”she said.

“I was dancing around the kitchen when they performed live for international media on St. Patrick’s Day. There are no words. The guys are great friends – hence the name Cairde – and you can see the chemistry in their dancing and the joy they give off when they’re together. “

Francis Fallon said he liked to encourage children to dance.

Francis Fallon with his mother, Breda

“It’s really great to watch the children of Radharc na Mara take their 1,2,3 steps and inspire a new generation of Irish dancers. We now have millions of followers on social media platforms and will do anything our best to promote Irish dance.

“We want to show the world how awesome Irish dancing is and we have brought our own twist to the genre by pairing footsteps with modern music to bring it to a whole new audience.”

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Cairde merges jazz dance, tap dancing and even hip hop with Irish dancing to take the traditional genre to a whole new level.

“It can take two to three days to choreograph a short video. The easier it looks, the more technically superior it is. You can really feel it in your legs! “

Another member of the group, Stephen McGuiness said: It’s practical, practical, practical. Years of training of three to four hours in halls almost daily have paid off. “

Shows like Riverdance have brought Irish dancing to the world stage. Now Cairde has taken it a step further with her sophisticated footwork attracting new and younger audiences to the most popular social media platforms.

Brian said it was a dancer’s dream, but especially for men.

“We should have gone through a lot of teasing over the years to do what we do, so it’s great to reach that level of success and inspire young kids. It’s great to see all these little ones guys dancing and prancing on our boards here at the school yard. It’s nice to see for us, really rewarding. “

Band member Ethan Quinton said the fellowship between the guys is very special.

“Some of us have been friends since we were five years old. We have competed against each other for years, but become best friends again when we step off the stage. For now, however, at the future, I think we could really make a full time career out of Irish dance. “

Plans are underway for a world tour in 2022, but with more “secret projects” in the works, these students may have to put their future career plans on hold as their global popularity continues to rise.

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