Aine Collier, a native of Lanesboro, was selected to dance with Macnas for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Aine is a senior student of the McDermott School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Roscommon, under the tutelage of Ruth and Trisha McDermott.
A transition year student at the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon, Aine successfully auditioned, amidst stiff competition, for Youth Ballet West last September.
Based in Galway, Youth Ballet West, is one of only two youth ballet companies in Ireland to be in receipt of funding from The Arts Council.
Aine trains intensively every Friday and Sunday with the company, under Artistic Director Judith Sibley. This dedicated young dancer is also part of the Vocational Training Programme at The McDermott Ballet School, Roscommon. She is currently training to take her Intermediate Examination with The Royal Academy of Dance.
Aine was selected, along with 11 other YBW dancers to perform 'Melodican', with Macnas, as part of this years festival theme of 'Science and Innovation'.
This is the fourth time that Judith Sibley and Artistic Director of Macnas, Noeline Kavanagh have worked collaboratively to express Noeline's fantastic vision through movement and dance.
Wearing stunning metallic tutus, elaborate make-up and head pieces, the Youth Ballet West dancers energy, enthusiasm and talent were intoxicating as they danced through the streets of Dublin.
Issue dated: 23 March 2012