Anita dances with Rihanna

A LUCKY Dundalk girl was plucked from the audience and invited on stage for a dance number with global superstar Rihanna at her sell-out show in the O2 in Dublin on Monday, October 3.

A LUCKY Dundalk girl was plucked from the audience and invited on stage for a dance number with global superstar Rihanna at her sell-out show in the O2 in Dublin on Monday, October 3.

Anita Salako from the Avenue Road, Dundalk was “thrilled” to have been picked to go on stage with the singer who is famous for her mega-hit singles such as Umbrella, Take a Bow, Only Girl (In the World), What’s My Name? and Disturbia.

The sister of local dance instructor and founder of Crystal Ice Dance Academy, Emmanuella Salako, sat on the stage in front of a packed O2 while Rihanna dressed in black hotpants and fishnet stockings performed one of her crowd-pleasers.

“I invited Rihanna’s dancers to do a workshop for Crystal Ice at The Studios Dundalk while they were in Ireland. They gave the class the day before Rihanna’s concert and that night, we all went out for a party with the dancers,” said Emmanuella.

“The dancers gave us free VIP tickets and backstage passes all access. My sister Anita was called up on stage by Rihanna. It was a fabulous weekend. I will be bringing some of the dancers to Dundalk in November when they come back again.”

Rihanna played the O2 in Dublin as part of her LOUD Tour and with Rihanna mania showing no signs of slowing down, she is set to play another sell-out gig at the venue on Friday, November 25.

The Brit and Grammy award-winning artist has now sold over 1.4 million copies of her album ‘Loud’. It also spent 17 weeks inside the Top 5. ‘Loud’ has seen three singles from the album chart Top 3, with two Number 1’s, selling over 2 million copies.

Rihanna made global headlines during her recent visit to Ireland when a politician and landowner in the North asked her to stop filming for her new song because she was dancing inappropriately in his field.

One of the world’s biggest selling music stars was shooting her raunchy new video near Ballyrobert on September 26 when DUP Alderman and farmer Alan Graham asked the 23-year-old to stop filming in his grain field.

Graham was out in the field in his tractor when he said he saw the star taking her clothes off. He decided it was unacceptable and requested that filming of her new video for We Found Love with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris stop.

Meanwhile, Crystal Ice Dance Academy is gearing up to host another pop superstar’s dancers. Britney Spears’ dancers, Jian and Ava, are coming to Dundalk to give a workshop on October 23. It costs e20 for 1.5 hours or e30 for two classes for three hours. For more details check out Crystal Ice Dance Academy’s Facebook page.