Cairde dance group take center stage at Galway school

A group of Irish dancers who have gone viral on social media platform Tik Tok, are going from strength to strength with plans underway for a world tour in 2022.

Cairde put on a special show for primary school children in Galway to promote the active school week.

Cairde are a group of friends and students from Clare, Cork and Galway, who have been competing in Irish dancing since they were young.

Their elite dancing skills have now caught international media attention since they started uploading videos to Tik Tok during the pandemic, becoming viral sensations with over 80 million views and an army of new followers. .

The band appeared on RTÉ’s Late Late Show, ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning America with a live performance at the Cliffs of Moher broadcast in Times Square, New York on St. Patrick’s Day.

This week, Cairde took center stage at the Radharc na Mara national school in Mervue, where the mother of one of the dancers is a teacher. Breda Fallon says she is so proud of her son Francis and all the dancers.

“I just wanted to bring some of the joy they spread all over our school. Luckily they said yes. The boys competed in feiseanna at a very high level until about two years ago. That means traveling and compete every weekend and four practice nights a week,” she said.

“I was dancing in the kitchen when they performed live for international media on St. Patrick’s Day. There are no words. The guys are great friends – hence the name Cairde – and you you can see the chemistry in their dancing and the joy they exude when they’re together.”

Francis Fallon said he loved encouraging children to dance.

Francis Fallon with his mother, Breda

“It’s really great to see the children of Radharc na Mara take their 1,2,3 steps and inspire a new generation of Irish dancers. We now have millions of followers on social media platforms and we will do everything we can to promote Irish dancing.

“We want to show the world how great Irish dancing is and we’ve brought our own twist to the genre by pairing the steps with modern music to bring it to a whole new audience.”

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Cairde fuses jazz dance, tap and even hip hop with Irish dancing to take the traditional genre to a whole new level and member Brian Culligan said while the techniques may seem laid back and carefree it depends on years of hard work.

“It can take two to three days to choreograph a short video. The easier it looks, the more technically superior it is. It really feels in the legs!”

Fellow band member Stephen McGuiness said: It’s practice, practice, practice. Years of training three to four hours in the classroom almost daily has paid off.”

Shows like Riverdance have brought Irish dancing to the world stage. Now Cairde has gone a step further with his sophisticated footwork attracting new and younger audiences on the most popular social media platforms.

Brian said it was a dream for any dancer, but especially for men.

“We should have faced a lot of teasing over the years for doing what we do, so it’s great to achieve this level of achievement and inspire young kids. It’s great to see all these little guys dancing and prancing on our boards here in the school yard. It’s nice to see for us, really rewarding.

Band member Ethan Quinton said the camaraderie between the guys was very special.

“Some of us have been friends since we were five years old. We’ve competed against each other for years, but we’re best friends again when we step off the stage. For now though, at the future, I think we could really make a full-time career out of Irish dancing.”

Plans are underway for a world tour in 2022, but with other “secret projects” in the works, these students may have to put future career plans on hold as their global popularity continues to rise.