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Dancing Down Under

Dancing Down Under

Dancing Down Under

Dancing Down Under is an observational series that follows the amazing adventures of a group of young Australians as they vie for the winner's trophies in the extraordinary world of competitive Irish Dancing.

Dancing Down Under - Eyes on The Prize

This episode introduces the crazy world of competitive Irish dancing in Australia - the bizarre wigs, dresses and vests, leg tans and amazingly athletic steps of the soft shoe and the hard shoe dances. It also introduces us to the main characters, their families and teachers. Ceili who comes from a family of winners, Thommy who up until now has been a champion every year, Brent who, with his mum as his teacher, loves winning and Carina who is carrying on the family tradition. We follow these characters to the 2010 National Irish competition in Wollongong NSW and along the way get immersed in the 'do or die' nature of the competitive dancing. Each of our characters wants to qualify for the 2011 Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin so the pressure is on them to do well.

Dancing Down Under - Neck and Neck

Ceili Moore and Marigold Cousens go to the same dance school and have been competing against each other since they were little. Last year Marigold won the National Championship and Ceili came a disappointing sixth. This year Ceili is determined to topple Marigold and has been practising hard to beat her. Marigold has been battling an injured foot but is just as keen to beat Ceili and retain the title. Both dancers have their families on board to help them. But Ceili has an extra challenge...both her younger brother and sister won their age group championships. Can Ceili make it three out of three? Her mother Fiona won a World championship title when she was Ceili's age. Ceili and Marigold both dream of going to the next World Championships in Dublin but first they have to do well at the Nationals.

Dancing Down Under - Defending the Crown

Thommy Wilson loves to dance and he's very good at it. He has won nearly every National Championship he has entered. Samantha Murphy is also a champion and has been up on the podium again and again and again! They both have to defend their titles at this National Championship and it won't be easy. Thommy's injury in his hips is playing up and Samantha had a long break from dancing so she could have more of a social life. Now they are both determined to defend their crowns. Thommy dreams of going to Dublin to compete in the Worlds and Samantha is also keen to go again - but first they have to qualify. As the competition gets underway both Thommy and Samantha face unexpected setbacks and both of last year's champions have to face their fear of losing.

Dancing Down Under - A Winning Combination

Carina and her mum and teacher Cheryl, Brent and his mum and teacher Anna, and Siobhan and her mum Moira have been going to the National competitions for years...sometimes winning, sometimes not. This year Carina and Cheryl will be happy with getting in the top five, Brent and Anna have a lot riding on him coming first and Siobhan is the returning champion from last year. Each team is different. Carina and Cheryl are 'Gold Coast relaxed', Brent and Anna are all business and Siobhan and Fiona are nervous. As each competes, mother, teacher and dancer must face the unexpected. How they deal with it decides who will be the winning combination.

Dancing Down Under - Blood Sweat and Tears

For Ceili, Carina, Brent and Thommy qualifying for the World Championships in Dublin is just the beginning. They must now train hard to dance against the 'best of the best' in the world. Ceili is practising hard after school everyday with her teacher Geraldine and World champion mum Fiona. She wants a World medal like her mum. Thommy is getting a 'new look' for his first World championships so he gets noticed on stage. Carina is trying to recover from a bout of glandular fever so she will be fit enough. Brent has moved to London to train under a new teacher. Two other Australians will also be competing - Sarah who was unable to dance at the Nationals due to injury but who qualified at the state championships and Colbee who is determined to go before she gets too old. All are working hard so they can represent Australia on the world stage.

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