Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
BIG APPLE ROSE OF TRALEE CAITLIN McNEILL TO REPRESENT NEW YORK CITY AT THE ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL IN AUGUST 2011
BROOKLYN NATIVE WAS CHOSEN AS A FINALIST AT THE REGIONAL SELECTION IN PORTLAOISE ON JUNE 6
New York, NY & Portlaoise, Ireland, June 6: Caitlin McNeill, of Brooklyn, New York, was crowned the 1st 2011 Big Apple Rose of Tralee at the Hudson Theatre in Times Square on March 27, 2011. Tonight, at the final round of the Rose of Tralee Regional Selection in Portlaoise, Ireland, Caitlin was chosen as a finalist and will now go on to represent New York City at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. The Festival will be held from August 19-23, 2011 in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.
About Caitlin McNeill: Caitlin McNeill, 21, is a Brooklyn, New York native. Caitlin recently graduated from St. Joseph's College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Child Study and Speech-Language Pathology. Caitlin plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2011 to pursue a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been deeply rooted in New York City’s Irish community from a very young age. Caitlin studied Irish Step Dancing since the age of 10, and has shared her love of Irish dance and music by performing all over the U.S. She danced at Town Hall, The Duke Theater, on The Today Show, Fox and Friends, and at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. Caitlin has also been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine. Over the past five years, she has been dedicated to helping educate young people in New York City by offering classes in schools, libraries, and daycare centers where she teaches not only Irish Step Dancing but its history. Caitlin has ties to Ireland through her great-grandparents who hail from Counties Kerry, Cork and Mayo. She enjoys going to traditional Irish music sessions, meeting new people, and getting up to do a few steps an informal, fun atmosphere.
Upon receiving her title, Miss McNeill said, "I am extremely proud and honored to represent my Irish heritage, as well as New York City, as the Big Apple Rose of Tralee. This title will give me the opportunity to meet many great people, form long-lasting memories, and embark on a journey that will provide me with an experience of a lifetime. As the Big Apple Rose of Tralee, I plan to reach out and leave a positive impact on the lives of others, not only throughout this year, but for many years to come. I am confident I will successfully fulfill my duties as the Big Apple Rose of Tralee and will do my very best to represent New York City in Ireland!”
Press From the Office of The Rose Of Tralee International
23 LUCKY IRISH & INTERNATIONAL ROSES PICKED FOR 2011 ROSE OF TRALEE INTERNATIONAL SELECTION
Press release – 7th June 2011
IT was lucky number seven for the Roses representing Down, Laois, Roscommon,
They were selected from 28 Rose contestants who took part in the Irish Regional Final of the Rose of Tralee which was held during a five-day fun-packed festival in Portlaoise.
In all, 51 Roses took part in the event which included American, British, European/Middle East Regional Selections at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Joining the Irish Centres in Tralee will be 16 Roses from the rest of the world –
The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee, Oliver Hurley, congratulated every one of the Roses who represented their communities with great distinction this weekend.
“As an organisation, we have been overwhelmed by the calibre of each lady who has represented her centre with dignity and grace throughout the five days in Portlaoise. We look forward to welcoming all 51 Roses to
Nine more Roses will travel to Tralee for the Festival in August – Kerry,
The Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from the 19th to the 23rd August with the new Rose of Tralee being crowned in the Dome on Tuesday 23rd August. Full details of the 2011 Festival and the Roses are available from www.roseoftralee.ie.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
This is a spectacular tribute to a group of performers that have the vision to connect to multiple cultures and touch the hearts of many, through their music, song, rhythm and dance. They took to the stage in the Lincoln Center, New York last week alongside performers Dave Eggar and Deoro to give an original, fresh and exciting show. As Jason said himself it was as electric for themselves as it was for the audience.
Hammerstep was founded in 2009 by Jason Oremus, Lead Riverdancer from Australia and Garrett Coleman, a two time World Irish Dance Champion, from Pittsburgh PA.The dancers strive to "overcome cultural and socioeconomic difference through a nuanced integration of historically rebellious forms of urban movement," such as tap and Irish dance. Hammerstep integrates Irish step, tap and hip hop dance forms and presents them through cutting edge choreography, lights and sound in a way that reinvents the typical dance show experience for an audience. They have certainly achieved their goal. Looking at their performance you realize that it certainly is something different and ELECTRIC. They WOW'd the mostly standing room only audience......... The lines around the corner that had a sneak peak through the window will have to come back to their next...... not to miss appearance, soon to be announced. Congratulations to S.J. Velasquez for this phenomenal video documentary and look at the behind the scenes footage and preps for the show.
What began as a couple of Irish dancing guys touring with Riverdance became a movement that infuses dance forms and crosses cultural boundaries.
Co-founders Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman, joined by a team of the world's best Irish step, tap and hip hop dancers, debuted their Hammerstep stage show at New York City's famed Lincoln Center in May 2011. Follow the guys behind the scenes to get an inside glimpse of a performance revolution in the making.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Kruise for Kids
to Benefit Project Children