Limerick Youth Service’s Rathkeale Youth Space was a hive of activity this past week with dancing troupes, costume changes and music as the junior girls group gave a live performance of Shake It Up!
Shake It Up was the culmination of an exciting autumn creative arts programme that saw the young people take part in a variety of workshops including dance, costume and make-up.
The girls were put through their paces by Lisa Hogan, Gravity Dance Academy, created their own costumes with Ella Daly and learned about performance make-up with Ellen Kerley.
‘It’s been an incredible few months and it’s been great to see how the girls have grown in confidence week by week,’ said Lisa Quirke, Limerick Youth Service.
‘By the end of the fifteen weeks the girls had created their own dance routines, designed their costumes and the set,’ said Lisa, West Limerick youth work team.
The girls had hoped to perform the show in front of their family and friends but unfortunately due to Covid-19 that was not possible however, the show was recorded and is available online.
‘You’ll find the entire performance, including some bloopers on the Rathkeale Youth Space Facebook page, so you can sit down after the Christmas dinner and enjoy it,’ smiled Lisa.
‘The girls really enjoyed the programme and got a great insight in the performance arts industry from the importance of rehearsals to the different between stage and everyday make,’ said Lisa.
Lisa thanked the instructors, the team at Rathkeale Youth Space and the junior girls group for their hard work and commitment to the programme, which was made possible with the support of the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Artist Explorer Grant.
LYS’ Rathkeale Youth Space is a dedicated youth hub for young people in West Limerick and is home to a number of youth work projects including the Askeaton-Rathkeale UBU youth work team.
A member of member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.