When I first arrived at studio2stage, I was extremely nervous. I was nervous about the rehearsal schedule, learning my dances, and meeting new people. By the end of day 1, I had forgotten all the fears I had came with. The rehearsals were long but very rewarding - I loved watching the numbers come together over the course of the week. I also met so many new people from all over the world that I can now say are good friends.
Even though the week was one of the most tiring I have had in a while, stepping on that stage during the opening number is what made it all worth it. The feeling you get on stage is one only you can experience for yourself. I really hope to return next year to feel that same way all over again!

A special thanks to Michelle, Jim, Miriam, Aidan, Zach, James, and the entire studio2stage team for making this a week I will never forget!!
Date of Posting: 21 August 2015
Posted By: Emma McFee
2015 & 2016 cast member
Hi all!

I hope everyone made it home safely after such an epic week at studio2stage! I just wanted to say a big thank you to the choreographers James Greenan, Miriam Lee, Zach Klingenberg and Aidan Garvey for all your your hard work and many hours spent in the studio to prepare us for such an unreal stage performance. Your patience, guidance and contagious positivity has helped me develop a stronger sense of confidence when performing onstage. I would also to thank Michelle Lee and Jim Murrihy for managing and producing such an amazing show, and arranging our trip to New York City for one of the best memories I made on the trip...dancing in Times Square! Also a huge thank you to Anton and the music department, tech crew, Siobhan O'Connell in the costume department and all my fellow dancers for making this past week at studio2stage so incredible. Not only have I learned so much about what it is like to be part of a dance show, I have also learned that it is the people you meet on the way that make the experience so special and fun! I am truly blessed to be able to say that I was part of the studio2stage crew of 2015!
I hope to see many of you next year!
Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the summer!
Date of Posting: 21 August 2015
Posted By: Vanessa Silano
2015 cast member
studio2stage has been the best experience of my life!!
It was just so amazing & I'm so sad it's all over already! I woke up every morning happy because I knew I was doing something I loved with such incredible, lovely & inspiring people who loved doing the same thing as me.
Going over to America I didn't really know anyone at all which I was kinda nervous about but I made so many new friends from different places around the world who are friends for life & I miss so much already! Everyone was just so nice which helped make my experience so enjoyable! I want thank Aidan, Miriam, James & Zach so much for there amazing choreography & help throughout the 9 days, they were so fantastic & inspiring. And of course I want to say a big massive thanks to Michelle, Jim and all the rest of the production team as it all wouldn't of happened without yous.
studio2stage has really helped me so much in my life as I got to experience what it is like to be a professional dancer & I loved every minute of it so much! Each day was so packed with dance rehearsals which were tiring at times but they were so worth it as they where really enjoyable & fun! I've made so made so many memories that I'll never forget! Doing the flash mob in Times Square was such an unreal experience that I still can't believe actually happened. I can't even describe the feeling that you get performing on stage, to such incredible music, in front of a full cheering audience, it was just so amazing! I really loved every minute I had over there & I'm so thankful for everyone who helped make it so fantastic! I hope to see everyone again soon!
Thank yous so much again for this fantastic experience,

Sinead xx
Date of Posting: 19 August 2015
Posted By: Sinead McGonagle
2015 & 2016 cast member
As the mum of a 2015 studio2stage crew member can I just say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making Katie's 9 days in New Jersey ones that she will treasure always. She had the most amazing time and had come home with a new found confidence, new life-long friends and an even greater love and respect for her greatest passion, Irish Dancing. You have all made a dream become a reality for her and I have no doubt that after this experience she will continue to work even harder to fulfil her dream of someday being part of a professional dance company, performing on stage around the world.
Go raibh mile mile maith agaibh go leir
Date of Posting: 18 August 2015
Posted By: Suzanne Grant Newell
Parent of Katie Newell, 2015 cast member

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