Derek Ryan and Des Dillon added to Strictly dance extravaganza

Bass baritone, Derek Ryan and artist, puppeteer and musician, Des Dillon have been added to the line-up for the Strictly Come Dancing charity spectacular at Hotel Minella on Friday, 21st October. Professional singer Derek, who has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, has taken part in numerous operatic roles and musical theatre roles, winning the Best Male Singer at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera and Best Overall Male performance at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.

Bass baritone, Derek Ryan and artist, puppeteer and musician, Des Dillon have been added to the line-up for the Strictly Come Dancing charity spectacular at Hotel Minella on Friday, 21st October. Professional singer Derek, who has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, has taken part in numerous operatic roles and musical theatre roles, winning the Best Male Singer at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera and Best Overall Male performance at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.

Des Dillon is well known in Clonmel as the creator of Teac a Bloc and The Accordion Girl. Des’s shows are recognised as barnstorming buckets of fun. He is also known as an artist, working from his base in nearby Newcastle. Both men will take to the stage in the interval between the group dance and the individual dances.

The full running order for the show has also been announced. The show will begin with five couples dancing to Shoskatovich’s Russian Waltz, followed by the remaining couples dancing to Billy Joel’s Piano Man. As the couples prepare for their individual dance performances Des and then Derek will entertain the audience. After the couples dance to their own chosen piece such as the jive, the cha cha cha, the foxtrot, the quickstep, the slow waltz and the tango, they will face the dreaded judges. Everybody in the audience will then be given a chance to shine as the Pearly Whites take to the stage.

One of the dancers is Karen Moore, who’s representing her club Moyle Rovers for whom she plays Gaelic football. Karen will be dancing the foxtrot to the Pink Panther music along with her partner Michael McGuane.

Also taking part are Alma Maher, a computer student at UCC and representing South Tipperary Macra Na Feirme; and Damien Byrne. who’s well known as a former star of the Tipperary football team. Damien will be doing the cha cha cha to I Got A Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. His partner is Ruth Quinn. Disaster hit Damien during the summer when he was injured playing for Fetherd. Ruth has made him work twice as hard to make up the time lost and Damien has confessed that he’s neither as fit or as flexible as he used to be.

Barretstown is a charity that gives young people who are suffering from serious illness a chance to take a break from the daily drudge of their illness. The Kildare camp offers unique and powerful programmes of therapeutic recreation and while being closely supervised and skilfully supported, these children get to go out and play and it changes their lives.

Tickets are already selling fast and are available from The Heritage in Cahir and Better By Nature Health Food Shop in Market Place, Clonmel.