6:30pm – Friday, March 16 on ABC3
Narrated by Josh Thomas, Dancing Down Under is a 10-part observational series following the amazing adventures of four young Australian Irish dancers as they compete at the 2010 Australia National Irish Dancing Championships held in Wollongong.
Immerse yourself in this ‘do or die’ competition as dancers – Ceili Moore, Thommy Wilson, Brent Pace-Rabusin and Carina Young – must place first or second in their age group to win the ultimate trip to Dublin to compete against the best dancers from around the globe at the World Irish Dancing Championships.
The world of Irish dancing has become a highly competitive international sport featuring extreme wigs, elaborate costumes and complex steps, and is more popular in Australia than you might think.
Along the way we also meet fellow Australian dancers Danae Moore, Sarah Wallace, Samantha Murphy, Marigold Cousens and Colbee Mifsud and Irish dancers Roisin Naughton, Richard Murray, Shaunagh Smith and Emma Warren who all live out their dream in the face of unexpected and surprising events.
Competition is fierce and what happens to these dancers, their families and teachers along the way is dramatic, funny and tragic as they dance against the best in the world.
Dancing Down Under, with Dance Academy series 2, make up the exciting new, toe-tapping 6.30pm dancing line up screening weekdays on ABC3 from Monday, March 12.
Episode One: Eyes on The Prize – Friday, March 16 at 6.30pm Welcome to the crazy world of competitive Irish dancing in Australia – bizarre wigs, dresses and vests, leg tans and amazing athletic steps of the soft shoe and hard shoe dances.
During the first episode we meet Irish dancers Ceili, who comes from a family of winners; Thommy, who has been a champion every year; Brent who, with his mum as his teacher, loves winning; and Carina who is carrying on the family tradition. They are all competing at the 2010 Australian National Irish Dancing competition in Wollongong, NSW with the aim of qualifying for the World Championships.