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Monday 23 October 2017

Dance duo hope to move on up in USA

By Amy Lewis

Sean Smullen with his dance partner Aimee Leak.
Sean Smullen with his dance partner Aimee Leak.

Wexford-based dance duo Sean Smullen and Aimee Leak have shown off their dance skills in the past and now they're getting ready to take their moves stateside.

The pair of champion ballroom dancers are set to take to the stage at the San Francisco Open for the first time this April and rehearsals are already well underway. Sean, who is originally from Rathdrum but teaches dancing in Sarsfield, said that himself and his English dance partner are putting a lot of time into getting the moves right.

'We practice in the mornings and the afternoons and then teach later on,' he explained. 'We also travel to Europe for some of our lessons.'

The competition is only open to the top 48 ballroom dance couples in the world. Having finished 37th in the World Championships several weeks ago, the pair became eligible to move on to the prestigious contest. Along with showing off their waltz, tango and foxtrot, they hope to wow the crowds with their showdance which is themed around 50 Shades of Grey.

'We won the national showdance competition with it so hopefully it goes down well on the American stage,' said Sean. 'We hope to make the final six but you never know what will happen.'

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