Reel Swing is the innovative and exciting new Irish dance show with a difference. In a performance that will leave the audience on edge of their seats through it’s unique fusion of Irish dance and jazz/swing music, Reel Swing is a essentially about Irish emigration to America. Set in the 1950’s, it presents the story of 6 Irish characters and their journey through cultural identity; striving for belonging and new meaning via a contemporary package of music, song and dance. The story showcases the exciting talents of world class Irish and tap dancers who have previously appeared in West End productions and in shows such as “Riverdance”, performing original and ground-breaking choreography to music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr & Dean Martin – the never-to-be-forgotten “Rat Pack”.
A specially adapted version of Reel Swing is available for Weddings and Corporate Events.
Producer and Choreographer Dervla McGee
Dervla Mc Gee is 27 years old and is from Dundalk, Co. Louth. She started Irish dancing at the age of 7 and competed at the highest level for over 15 years with Scoil Rince Oirialla and later with Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh. Some of her achievements include winning the North American Irish Dance Championships in Toronto, 2001 and she placed fourth in the World Championships in the same year. Dervla was also part of Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh’s All-Ireland winning
Dervla has been a member of Riverdance since the age of 17, both as a part-time member of the Riverdance ‘Flying-Squad’ and as a full time member of ‘Riverdance- The Show’. Throughout this time she travelled all over Europe, Australia, America, the Middle East and Asia. Her most memorable experience was performing in front of over 80,000 people at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Croke Park, Dublin in 2003. She was part of what was the largest line-up of Irish dancers (over 100) ever seen on stage.
In 2007, Dervla graduated with a first class honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick. During her four years in UL, she worked with some of the finest musicians and dance tutors in the world. Dervla has recently set up her own Irish Dance Company “Reel Swing” which combines Irish dance with music made famous by the Rat Pack.
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