On October 5, in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel, 18 dancers will take to the stage surrounded by friends, family and dance enthusiasts to raise money for the local branch of the Alzheimer’s society.
One of this year’s budding volunteers is Joanne Trehy. Joanne is a Business Studies and Maths teacher in Colaiste Dun Iascaigh. She says that she has zero experience when it comes to treading the boards but was moved to take part after hearing of the experiences of two of her colleagues, Catriona Fennessy and Damien Byrne, last year. Joanne also says that although she is not a regular watcher of the TV programme Strictly Come Dancing, she has started to pay more attention to the moves and grooves since she started training under the tutorship of her dancing partner John Ryan. She says that she was lucky that John is such an experienced dancer who even took part in last year’s competition.
Joanne and John will be dancing to Roy Orbison’s appropriately titled Pretty Woman.
Also taking part this year is local farmer and rugby player, Frank Quinlan. Frank has been sidelined from rugby through injury so has turned to dancing for charity. Frank says that he is being constantly admonished to take off the wellies before taking to the dance floor by his dance partner Sandra Costigan. Even though Sandra is the youngest participant in this year’s competition, Frank says that she has no problem in putting him in line. He also says that the intricate moves in their jive, the theme from The Mask, is a lot more complicated than the lineout calls involved in rugby! Despite the difficulties in getting the elaborate moves in line, Frank says that he is enjoying the craic and competition between himself and the other participants.