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Saturday 21 October 2017

Dancing with 'Fame' stars

ALL THAT WAS missing was a yellow taxi in the middle of High Street for the kids to spill out of the Opera House to dance upon!

For 25 aspiring young Wexford dancers had a chance to see what a professional life in jazz shoes entails, when they visited the cast of touring production 'Fame' last Wednesday.

As part of the Opera House's outreach efforts to pair professional casts with local amateur groups, the teenage dancers got a chance to do a masterclass with 'Fame' dance captains Jaye Elster and Adam Garcia, before doing a meet and greet with

Irish stars Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi.

Ben and Jessica were themselves catapulted to fame when they won parts in a reality RTÉ show this year.

The 25 young people who took part in the masterclass came from the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance, and had an enjoyable afternoon learning a routine from the show.

Fame the Musical finished its Irish tour in Wexford Opera House on Sunday.

' The kids did a routine that was really, really good, and then they got to meet Ben and Jessica. They did it all on the set of the show,' said Suzanne O'Leary, who said it was a very beneficial experience for her young dancers. ' They were all into it, and the cast were very nice,' she said.

The youngsters presented the troop with a big box of chocolates as a thank you.

' They got to do a warm up and they learned a routine, which was really hard. They really got to see what it's all about,' said Elizabeth Rose-Browne from Wexford Opera House.

She added that this was 'a small effort for us at the Opera House to increase our outreach and bring arts into the community'. ALL THAT WAS missing was a yellow taxi in the middle of High Street for the kids to spill out of the Opera House to dance upon!

For 25 aspiring young Wexford dancers had a chance to see what a professional life in jazz shoes entails, when they visited the cast of touring production 'Fame' last Wednesday.

As part of the Opera House's outreach efforts to pair professional casts with local amateur groups, the teenage dancers got a chance to do a masterclass with 'Fame' dance captains Jaye Elster and Adam Garcia, before doing a meet and greet with

Irish stars Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi.

Ben and Jessica were themselves catapulted to fame when they won parts in a reality RTÉ show this year.

The 25 young people who took part in the masterclass came from the Wexford School of Ballet and Modern Dance, and had an enjoyable afternoon learning a routine from the show.

Fame the Musical finished its Irish tour in Wexford Opera House on Sunday.

' The kids did a routine that was really, really good, and then they got to meet Ben and Jessica. They did it all on the set of the show,' said Suzanne O'Leary, who said it was a very beneficial experience for her young dancers. ' They were all into it, and the cast were very nice,' she said.

The youngsters presented the troop with a big box of chocolates as a thank you.

' They got to do a warm up and they learned a routine, which was really hard. They really got to see what it's all about,' said Elizabeth Rose-Browne from Wexford Opera House.

She added that this was 'a small effort for us at the Opera House to increase our outreach and bring arts into the community'.

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