Audition tape leads our Lauren to Riverdance workshop

Lauren with her mum Annette
Lauren with her mum Annette

Coleraine Irish dancer, Lauren Young has been invited to take part in a summer school led by Padraic Moyles, the principal dancer of Riverdance.

The Dominican College pupil (18) sent off an audition tape last year, but as she was only 17 at the time, she was deemed too young to take part. Lauren was then contacted by Padraic last year, who asked her to re-apply for the week long course in Dublin this July.

The Coleraine teenager, who recently scooped the Senior Championship award at the Coleraine Festival, says she is ‘excited and a little nervous’ about the summer school.

Lauren, who is Head Girl at Dominican, started dancing at the tender age of four.

But, according to mum, Annette, who dances with the DGS Mammies and the Bannshees, Lauren was dancing as a tiny baby, before she could even remember. “When I was pregnant with Lauren I used to watch Riverdance,” told Annette.

“Then when Lauren was born I used to sit her on my knee and move her tiny little feet in time with the music,” joked Annette.

“She really had no option but to be into Irish dancing,” she laughed.

Before the workshop, Lauren has A levels in History, Biology and Sports Science to focus on: “It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Lauren.

“At the end of the workshop, dancers have the opportunity to audition for the show. I think it’s too big an opportunity for me not to give it a go, given that Padraic emailed me and told me to re-apply for the workshop, as he wanted to see more.”