Blog

Introducing Team Ireland!

46 dancers across Ireland auditioned, 29 joined the training programme and we can now announce the team of 20 tap dancers that will be representing Ireland at @idoworlddance World Tap Dance Championship 2021

Trained by our faculty:
KTE DIRECTOR: Dr Trish Melton

Artistic Director of Old Kent Road: Avalon Rathgeb

Six-time world champion tap dancer: Lucy Jones

Happy National Tap Dance Day 🍀🍀🍀

You will be hearing more about this talented bunch of tap dancers in coming weeks and months as we start our phase 2 intensive training program

GO TEAM IRELAND

Team Ireland is Born!!

In February 2021 we received the exciting new that KTE Director, Dr Trish Melton, had been appointed as the President for IDO Ireland: Performing Arts.

The IDO is

The International Dance Organization (IDO), is a World Dance- and Dancesport Federation consisting of OVER 90 member and contact NATIONS, representing more than 500,000 DANCERS, from all SIX CONTINENTS.

IDO Website IDO – International Dance Organization (ido-dance.com)

Dr Trish made the decision that the first IDO competition which would have Ireland representation was the IDO World Tap Dance Championships, Nov 2021.

With this decision plans began

  • Developing a plan to get to the Worlds
  • Forming a Committee: web, social media, registration, travel, tracksuits, image, etc
  • Selecting and engaging with a Creative Team (containing global tap dance talent)
  • Creating a Tap Dance Development Plan
  • Engaging with the dance community across Ireland and holding auditions
  • Selecting and starting to train Team Ireland

Wow!! what a journey so far. Exciting to be training a team to represent Ireland on the world stage. I am so proud of everyone who is involved

Dr Trish Melton, KTE Director & IDP President Ireland: PA

KTE has a Sponsor – Thank you Ruben Sanchez Dance Wear

It has been a crazy lockdown year but through it all we have had some amazing news!! YES as of September 2020 – we have a sponsor!

Many thanks to the amazing Ruben Sanchez for supporting and sponsoring us.

We LOVE our custom Kerry Tap Ensemble RSD Shoes

KTE has a Patron!

🌟🌟ANNOUNCEMENT 🌟🌟 AVALON RATHGEB IS THE PATRON FOR KERRY TAP ENSEMBLE. I am honoured, excited and over the moon to announce that @avalonrathgeb is now @kerrytapensemble Patron. Having her support of our tap dance development and our goals for the development of tap dancers in Kerry and in Ireland is a dream come true. 💕💕 our Director @drtrishm thanks Avalon from the bottom of her heart and looks forward to many, many fab collaborations, to sharing and to learning from Avalon 💕💕 We love you Avalon and value the time, love and energy you give us 👯‍♂️👯‍♂️👯‍♂️