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© A Taste of Ireland 2019

CREATIVES

Brent Pace has been an Irish dancer for over 20 years. He is the son of one of Australia’s most prominent Irish dance teachers and has trained alongside the very best in London, Australia Dublin & the United States. His competitive dance career has taken him to achieve such feats as becoming a World Medallist, 6 Time National Champion and getting top placings at every major Irish dance competition in the World.

Brent joined the show “The Rhythms of Ireland” in 2009 and by the beginning of 2011 he was the youngest Lead Dancer in the history of the company. He was then asked to perform the Principal role in the show’s first ever European tour. Since then, Brent has gone on to perform globally and joined Gaelforce Dance as the Principal Dancer in 2014 touring stadiums and theatres across the world.

Brent is also one of the featured main characters in ABC3’s “Dancing Down Under” Documentary. Filmed over 2011 and screened in Ireland, Australia and Europe in 2012, the program follows Brent’s competitive Irish dance journey through to the World Championships. 

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BRENT PACE

Creative Producer

Ceili Moore from Sydney, Australia began dancing at the age of 3 under the guidance of Geraldine French, Fiona-Gaye Moore and Bernadette Langshaw-Clarke.

During her competitive Irish dance career she was crowned Australian National, North American National, All Ireland, and World Champion. Having studied a variety of dance styles along with music and drama, she studied performing arts at both Newtown Performing Arts, and Ettingshausens before beginning working professionally at the age of 18. Ceili has since performed in shows such as Riverdance & Lord of the Dance across over 15 different countries. Her highlights consist of performing the lead role of Morrighan alongside Michael Flatley, performing on the Westend, and appearances on The Graham Norton Show, and Good Morning America. Ceili was also an Ambassador for the Peter “Bullfrog” Moore Foundation which is dedicated to supporting young Sportspeople and Performers in achieving their dreams.

Ceili is delighted to be a Lead Dancer & Dance Director in A Taste of Ireland and would like to thank her family, friends and mentors for their support in helping her achieve her own dreams. 

CEILI MOORE

Dance Director

The Simpson brothers are professional musicians, and performers from Melbourne, Australia.

The brothers grew up with a fiddles, guitars and a World of music in their hands. Since emerging as professional musicians they have picked up a multitude of other instruments and skills throughout their career.

Following on from countless trips and tours to Ireland, including a year living in Dublin as full-time musicians, the brothers have worked to make Traditional Irish Music their lifeblood. Declan has completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Composition, gaining him the title of the company composer. The brothers have performed in numerous Irish bands and Irish Dance shows throughout their career that have toured all over Australia & Ireland. The brothers regularly perform with the multi award winning act “The Simpson Three” and Declan also tours his successful children’s music show “Declan The Music Man” all over VIC, NSW and the ACT. 

Musical Directors

THE SIMPSON BROTHERS

Hailing from Sydney, Jack Kearney is an Australian writer and performer with a diverse portfolio. Following his graduation from secondary school, Kearney lived in both Sydney and Belfast, Northern Ireland where he honed his skills as a dancer and stage performer. During this time, he commenced studying a double bachelor degree in Law and Communication, alongside a diploma in language at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

 

In February 2015, Kearney was contracted by Éire Entertainment to tour Australia with the acclaimed stage show A Taste of Ireland. From there, Kearney worked for the company as both a dancer and writer on several national tours. At the end of 2017 Kearney’s commitment to the company was formalised when he was made the dance captain for the company’s seasonal spin off show A Taste of Irish Christmas. 

 

From 2015 to 2017, Kearney wrote and edited regularly for online news outlet Sportsmash. Here, Kearney developed his journalistic range, writing in a variety of styles and formats, culminating in him being recognised as the site’s most read contributor of 2016. Kearney broke away from Sportsmash at the beginning of 2017 to focus on other pursuits. Following this departure, Kearney commenced work on a debut novel, penned the script for a new stage show and launched his own news website, Birdlike Wire. 

JACK KEARNEY

Writer & Dance Captain

SENIOR ENSEMBLE

Taylah Attwell-Gill

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Senior Company Dancer

Tanya Ojala

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Senior Company Dancer

Tyler Watkins

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Principal Understudy & Company Soloist

Callum McGregor

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Senior Company Dancer

Benjamin Wright

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Senior Company Dancer

Jonty Moore

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Senior Company Dancer

"Jingle jigs, reels a treat."

Ken Longworth, The Newcastle Herald

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