Dancing from Ireland to Africa

A Portrush choreographer and dance teacher is preparing to share her skills with the orphans of Zambia during a summer working with the Barefeet Theatre Group there.

Barefeet was formed by former Dominican College student Adam McGuigan to give children living on the streets of Zambian cities the chance to have a childhood through the medium of dance, drama and art.

Their motto is “utilising the power of theatre to inspire, build and transform lives” and now another former Dominican student, Victoria Lagan is preparing to travel to Lusaka to work with Barefeet.

A busy choreographer in local primary schools, a cheerleading and fitness instructor and director and producer of North Coast Theatre Productions, 21-year-old Victoria explained to the Times why she is using her skills with Barefeet.

“I always admired Barefeet and I think they’re so inventive,” she said.

“Because I work six days a week in schools around here, I realised I would have just two months of summer vacation.

“The first month will be spent producing, directing and choreographing three youth shows, so this may be one of the only chances I will be able to take a month off and go experience this opportunity.

“I absolutely LOVE working with children so to be able to share what I have learnt so far with those who lack in performance opportunities is fantastic.

“I’m sure I’ll come home having learnt something new to share with my pupils here,” she added.

In order to fundraise for her trip to Zambia, Victoria is currently choreographing and rehearsing for a night of theatrical delights in the Riverside Theatre in June 7th at 7.30pm.

“Dancing from Ireland to Africa” is the title of this spectacular evening of dance from a young cast and local schoolchildren.

The evening will combine the talents of many of Victoria’s dance and drama pupils from Carnalridge and St Colum’s Primary Schools and Victoria’s own private student to provide an exciting dancing and singing journey from Ireland to Africa.

Tickets are available now from the Riverside Theatre on www.riversidetheatre.org.uk or call 028 70 123 123.

Or if that sounds too energetic and you would rather just sit down with a lovely cup of tea, then why not go along to St Patrick’s Hall in Causeway Street in Portrush on Sunday, June 9th for an English Rose Afternoon Tea?

Victoria has organised this event as a fundraiser too and, for a donation of just £5, you can sit back and relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea accompanied by some of the finest entertainment in the Triangle area.

The English Rose Afternoon Tea runs from 1pm.