James Keegan visits St Bede’s College to launch Countdown to New Show

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

James Keegan visits St Bede’s College to launch Countdown to New Show

The three times Irish Dancing World Champion James Keegan, paid a visit to his former School, St Bede’s College in Manchester on American Independence Day, Tuesday 4 July. James met the Headmaster, Dr Richard Robson to kick start the countdown to his new show, TitanicDance. James is pictured here with Dr Richard Robson, John Brehney the director of Rosgal Limited who is sponsoring the show and his grand-daughter Erin Angela Breheny who is a pupil at St Bede’s College Prep School.

James Keegan is bringing the hit Irish Dance Musical Extravaganza to Manchester's Palace Theatre for its English Premiere on Sunday 24 September.

The multi-award winning Irish dancer has been Irish Dancing since the age of 4, he was the lead dancer the Schools internationally famous ‘Young, Gifted & Green’ Irish Dance troupe which staged countless shows for charity and raised over £200,000 for different local causes. James started dancing professionally with the hit dance show 'Lord of the Dance' the day after he took his last GCSE at the College. He has travelled all over the world with the show for the last 14 years, appearing on countless TV shows which included the inauguration of the American President to a viewing audience of over 2 Billion people. Two years ago he was asked to take over the reins from Michael in the show. He also runs the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance in Manchester with his sister Louise.

James is the Choreographer and Lead Dancer in TitanicDance and when asked about how he felt about performing in the hit show in his home town replied “This is something I have always wanted to do, I have spent the last fourteen years touring with Lord of the Dance and I am really excited about helping to create a new show with other dancers from the show like Ray Sweeney who is the show’s creative director and is another one of the principal dancers. It's great to have the support of the Manchester Irish Festival website and my friends and family in Manchester and Ireland. I am delighted that we have been able to secure the English Premiere of the show in my home town of Manchester.”

Dr Richard Robson commented, "We are all very proud of James. He is an incredibly talented young man, who embodies the Bedian values of hard work and loyalty and uses his incredible talents to inspire others. We are delighted that James will be returning to the College after the performance of Titanic to host a series of workshops to inspire students of all ages from 3 – 18 across the College"

Tony Hennigan from ‘Young, Gifted and Green’ at St Bede’s College added "It is great to see James doing so well. I was lucky enough to be invited to the world premiere and the show just blew me away. It has a great story line and some fantastic live traditional Irish music which accompanies the breath-taking Irish dance routines within a stage set that makes you believe you are back there on the Titanic. The show has all the ingredients of a world-wide hit and has taken Irish Dance to another level beyond shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. We are really excited about it having its English Premiere in Manchester, it promises to be a night to remember. Everyone in the Irish community in Manchester has a soft spot for James and the show promises to be one of the hottest tickets in town."

The hugely successful show starts its tour at the Belfast Waterfront on 13th, 14th September before it goes on to visit Dublin on 16th and then onto the SEC Armadillo Arena in Glasgow on 23 September before it reaches Manchester. For Ticket info contact Tel 0844 871 3019 or online www.atgtickets.com/manchesterThe show will then go onto to visit the Millennium Forum, Derry on 28th to 30th September, before it starts its tour of China from 2nd to 29th October.

TitanicDance is an Irish Musical Dance sensation that tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean. Produced by Millennium Forum Productions by arrangement with KSR Productions, it first took audiences in Ireland by storm when it opened at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast in 2014 to standing ovations before enjoying a sell-out run at the Millennium Forum in Derry. This is not just an Irish dance show; it’s an emotional journey of hope, aspiration, love, heartbreak and sadness that will mesmerise audiences everywhere.

Last year, the hit show enjoyed a hugely successful tour of China where its appearance at the China International Folk Arts Festival in Qinghai enabled it to be seen by a live audience of over one billion people. The show also made its inaugural visit to the US where it performed at the Branson Events Center in Missouri to numerous standing ovations. This electrifying show tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in the Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean. A cast of 30 world class Irish dancers and live set the scene for a breathtaking romantic performance.

For more information on TitanicDance visit www.TitanicDance.com

To view Trailer click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AuWnKEhfc4

Tour Dates
Waterfront Hall, Belfast – 13th & 14th September
To book tickets click link http://www.waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/all-events/titanic-dance/?platform...

The Helix, Dublin – 16th September
To book tickets click link http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=THEHELIX&organ_val...

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow – 23rd September
To book tickets click link
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/titanicdance-glasgow-23-09-2017/event/3600...

Palace Theatre, Manchester – 24th September
To book Tickets click Link www.atgtickets.com/manchester

Millennium Forum, Derry – 28th to 30th September
To book tickets click linkhttps://etickets.millenniumforum.co.uk/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowPerforma...

For Booking Details for China Tour see www.titanicdance.com
Tianjin, China – 2 nd to 4th October BEC Theater
Beijing – 5 th to 8th October
Wuhan Theater, Wuhan – 11th & 12th October
Nanjing People’s Hall, Nanjing – 14th & 15th October
Hangzhou Theater, Hangzhou – 17th & 18th October Daning Theater,
Shanghai – 20th & 21st October
Fujiang Meeting Hall, Fuzhou – 23rd & 24th October
Minan Grand Theater, Xiamen – 25th & 26th October Zhongshan Memory Hall,
Guangzhou – 28th & 29th October