A LIMERICK dance school will have the honour of opening up the Rose of Tralee festival in the Dome this Sunday night.
Twenty members of Limerick’s Expose dance school, aged six to 19 years, will have the honour of taking part in the world-renowned festival.
“It is a very prestigious event and we are honoured to be asked to do it. Kids from all over the country would love to do this,” said a spokesperson for the dance school.
Their appearance in the Dome will be a highlight in a very busy year for the school.
Last Saturday they were in Dublin to audition for the hit UK show ‘Got to Dance’, and they will also be auditioning for ‘Limerick’s Got Talent’ this week.
During the festival, Expose will also be interviewed by their namesake - the TV3 show Expose.
While the All-Ireland dancing championships are also coming up in October, parents and grandparents of the young girls and women are anxiously looking forward to seeing them in the spotlight this weekend.
“You never know there could be a few future Limerick Roses among them,” added the dance instructor, behind the school of five years.
“There is fierce excitement here and a few nerves as well, but they’ve put in all the rehearsals and training,” she said.
Their appearance in the Dome is thanks to Limerick model agent and fashionista Celia Holman Lee, whose models will be taking part in a fashion show in the Dome on Sunday, August 21, from 7pm. The Rose of Tralee pageant itself will be screened live on TV on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23. A Rose from Limerick will not be represented in the festival for a third year running. In the history of the 52-year event, Limerick has won the pageant on two occasions – by Dianne Hannagen in 1984, and by Muirne Hurley in 1984.