Two sisters and Irish dance champions who fell in love with the art after watching Michael Flatley’s Riverdance are opening up their own dance school in Aylesbury.
Teenagers Tara and Gemma Goulding have been dancing since the age of five and four respectively, and their passion was first sparked after their mother Ger gave her parents Ben and Catherine – who hail from County Cork in the Emerald Isle – a DVD of Michael Flatley’s Riverdance for Christmas.
The rest, as they say, is history and the girls’ hobby has taken them all over the world, including Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, Tennessee where they have won countless medals and trophies.
Gemma was most recently placed 6th at the World Championships, making her the best British dancer in the competition.
The sisters first had their beautiful embellished dresses tailor-made in Dublin, but now they are older they wear simple black outfits.
NowTara, 19, and Gemma, 18, have set up the Spirit Irish Dance school so they can share their skills with others.The pair – who both attended Aylesbury High School – plan to run an hour-long class every Friday from 5pm to 6pm.
Their first two classes will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church hall, Camborne Avenue, on August 22 on 29 before moving to Bedgrove Park Community Centre, Ambleside, from September 5.
Gemma said: “It sounds a bit cheesy, but when you dance it’s like an out of body experience. You might be the shyest person in the world, but you can get up and dance in front of thousands of people.
“We had to go to London for our lessons, so we thought it would be nice for people to not have to travel so far.”
Classes are suitable from age three and up. For more, visit www. spiritirishdance.com.