Darren reaches dance semi-final

A YOUNG Dundalk man and his dance group called Prodijig have beaten off tough competition from all over the UK and Ireland to earn their place in the live semi-finals of hit Sky 1 HD entertainment show Got To Dance.

A YOUNG Dundalk man and his dance group called Prodijig have beaten off tough competition from all over the UK and Ireland to earn their place in the live semi-finals of hit Sky 1 HD entertainment show Got To Dance.

Darren Casey, aged 22, received the good news on the show which aired on Sunday, January 22. During the audition stages Prodijig earned the praise of the Got To Dance judges Diversity lead choreographer Ashley Banjo; former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt; and Tap Dogs star Adam Garcia.

Prodijig is now one of the final 30 acts who will perform in the live shows, in the hopes of making it to the series final and claiming the amazing £250,000 prize.

“We are over the moon to have reached the semi-final of such an amazing show considering the level of talent this year,” said Alan Kenefick, aged 27, choreographer and lead dancer with Prodijig.

“The response so far has been unbelievable and we are spending hours in the studio to make sure that our next performance is even better.”

Each of the five semi-final shows will be filmed live at Pinewood Studios in London from Sunday, January 29 to Sunday, February 26. Each week six acts will perform, two of whom will go forward to the live final on Sunday, March 4 at London’s Olympia. Viewers will be able to vote for their favourite act, and are advised to stay tuned to Got To Dance for more details on how to do so.

Prodijig will compete against Chuck; Tayluer & Elliott; Project G; Bendy Kate; and Sam on Sunday, January 29.

The dance group is made up of seven Irish dancers, five boys and two girls, ranging in age from 21 to 27, from the current professional ‘Riverdance’ tour.

They want to become a successful dancing troupe and show the world that Irish dancing can be fun, imaginative and creative. They want to make their hip-hop twist on Irish dancing mainstream and prove that it can be cool.

By incorporating hip hop and R‘n’B music, non-traditional outfits and breaking away from the norms of the Irish dancing tradition, Prodijig believe their act is stylish, powerful, innovative and fresh.

They wowed the judges and received a standing ovation from the judges during their audition.

The members of Prodijig are Darren Casey, Alan Kenefick, Dane McKiernan, Craig Mason, Andy O’Reilly, Christina Havlin and Ciara McGillan.