THERE was glitter and make-up, ruffles and feathers aplenty at the Tullamore Court Hotel last Sunday night for Strictly Dancing a major fund-raising event for Tullamore GAA Club, Camogie Club and Mental Health Ireland.
And that was just the male dancers! Twenty four ‘volunteers’ had spent the past six weeks training for this event and all their hard work paid off as the evening was a spectacular success.
Over 900 people attended with extra seating in all the areas around the grand ballroom so that everyone got to see the performances.
Every aspect of the spectacle was organised with great attention to detail. For those seated in the spill-over areas there were big plasma screens which actually gave a better view of the stage.
As with the television show Stirctly Come Dancing there was a video preview of each couple in training and each of these was sponsored.
There was also a glossy programme on sale, again full of sponsored advertisements – all guaranteeing that the event was a major success at raising funds.
Compere for the evening was Michael Duignan, fresh from his own book launch, also at the Tullamore Court Hotel the previous Thursday.
He urged the audience not to heckle or jeer the participants, pointing out that this was all new to them.
The judges for the event were Damian Fox, Liz Howard and Michael Fogarty who were joined by Lorraine Wynne of Midlands Stage School who assisted event co-ordinator Colm McCabe in training the participants.
The event got off to a flying start with a lively Group Dance with all the contestants (and the two super subs) performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, then there was some entertainment from Midlands Stage School pupils while the dancers prepared for their individual routines.
Each couple danced in a particular style from Punk to Ballroom to Broadway Jazz, but it was Tullamore Musical Society stalwart Diarmuid Guinan and Tullamore GAA’s Rose O’Toole who took the title in the end with their style and enthusiasm.
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