Prodijig, stars of Sky One's Got To Dance, return with Footstorm

Prodijig, stars of Sky One's Got To Dance, return with Footstorm

Group founder Alan Kenefick promises 'a new form of magic for Irish dance'

Once upon a time, Irish dance was all big wigs, glued arms and tough judges. Then, in 1994, Riverdance came along and turned this competitive dance form into a bona fide performance style. But time stands still for no dance, and the latest incarnation of Irish movement took flight last year, when Prodijig won series three of Sky One’s Got To Dance. According to the group’s founder, Alan Kenefick, the time is ripe for something new.

‘Everything has to move on,’ he says, ‘and we’re in an amazing era for Irish dance just now. Because of social media and YouTube, people are able to express themselves and learn from each other, so everything is evolving much quicker.’

Kenefick was lead dancer with Riverdance for five years, and between them, Prodijig has won every major Irish dancing competition. But that’s all in the past – Footstorm is the future, the first full-length production the group has produced since its television success.

For Kenefick, taking part in the Sky One programme proved he had something to offer as a choreographer. ‘The audition on Sky One was one of the greatest moments of my life, because we hadn’t shown anybody our work at that point, or gauged a reaction,’ he says. ‘So to get a standing ovation was surreal. We were used to them on Riverdance, but that was somebody else’s choreography. For me to have made it up myself and get a similar reaction was an amazing feeling.’

Blending Irish dance with a variety of other forms, Prodijig also stands out by liberating the dancers’ arms. ‘Usually in Irish dance shows, people look at legs and feet a lot, whereas I want people to look at the full picture. When you synchronise the upper body and lower body, and everybody’s doing it in unison, that’s a new form of magic for Irish dance.’

Alhambra, Dunfermline, Tue 30 Apr; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Wed 1 May.



Seven modern Irish dancers combine forces as Prodijig, led by Alan Kenefick.


1. debbie cotterill6 May 2013, 12:04am Report

watched footstorm tonight . love the dancing . not so sure on the costumes very poor . sadly i didnt enjoy this .. i was wowed when i saw them on got to dance and i didnt get the same feeling tonight .. at 35.00 a ticket i would have expected more . such brilliant dancers . wasted on this mish mash performance . best bit was at the end when they all come together and just dance x x x x

2. George Pijuan-Winner9 May 2013, 12:53am Report

Have just come back from seeing Footstorm at the Cliffs Pavillion Palace Theatre inSouthend-on-Sea.
The dancing was superb, the music was mesmeric and well balanced. At the beginning of the show it is explained what the show is about and for 99.9 per cent of the audience the story line fits perfectly with the music. lighting effects and video-imaging. The only people that left the show before then end was a couple with a baby - if you have a baby, please hire a baby-sitter and treat yourself to the show.. the rest of the audience left with stinging hands from clapping so much and the final minutes of the show they had a standing ovation...absolutely brilliant !!!! Ashley Banjo also caused a stir when he turned up to watch the show and I am certain that he was as impressed as the rest of us.... PS- Just a footnote on comment 1. - The costumes were totally in line with the story line.and made perfect sense. I agree that Prodijig have taken Irish dancing to a new level and have moved on and evolved from the Riverdance and Lord of the Dance styles of dancing. Good luck with the rest of the UK tour and the worldwide tour !!!!

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