From Kiltubrid to Killarney - Naomi’s getting everyone dancing
She will be known to many around the county for the role that she has played over the years for the Kiltubrid and Leitrim Ladies football teams but Naomi Lee has turned her attention to a different kind of activity at which she has proven to be equally proficient.
Naomi is the founder and creator of the DanceFix company that is proving to be a huge hit in all parts of the country since its formation three years ago. One of the services that DanceFix offer is they provide hen party dance lessons and as Carrick-on-Shannon is one of the most popular destinations for hen parties it is hardly surprising to learn that DanceFix have given several lessons in Carrick. However, what makes the company unique is that they travel to meet the customers.
After appearing on the RTE show ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ the services offered by DanceFix became more popular as all dance styles are catered for including hip hop, 80s disco, Irish Dancing, Bollywood, Line Dancing, Burlesque, Jazz, latino and jive.
Whether it’s someone’s house in Donegal, a dance studio in Belfast or a chalet in Dingle, DanceFix travel to meet the group and this was made possible as a result of having a team of instructors based throughout Ireland.
Naomi’s love of dancing began with the Ann Prior School of Dancing in Ballinamore but the dancing was left on the back burner while her football career with Kiltubrid and Leitrim took precedence over her dancing. When she moved to London as part of her studies she spent time in Strawberry Hill where she did dance as part of her Sports Science degree before her PGCE in teaching.
Naomi recalled that, “It wasn’t until I took some classes in Pineapple dance studios in London where I found my passion of dance again and followed this up when I returned to Dublin to join the Jane Shortall Dance Agency.”
The idea for DanceFix came to Naomi after several of her friends got engaged and when those friends were left searching for fun, daytime activities for their hen parties Naomi thought of, “The buzz and enjoyment I get out of a dance class and decided to set up the company. I put my entrepreneurial skills to use and started researching, advertising and building up clientele and business partners around the country.
“One of my main contacts in my business is Kate Hyde, who appeared on RTE’s, ‘The Dragons Den’ and went into business with Gavin Duffy. DanceFix has grown from strength to strength and we now have bookings all over the country on a weekly basis.”
DanceFix also provide the option to ‘make a music video’ with Naomi explaining, “We are the only dance company in the country providing this service. I did it in London and researched how it was done. I did an Apple Mac training course in the Big Wave Media training centre in Dublin to use chroma key technology. This is where we film the girls in front of a green screen, key out the colour and add animated backdrops. It’s great fun for the hen parties and is a nice piece of memorabilia of the day.”
As well as hen parties the DanceFix instructors are also available for bookings for wedding reception entertainment, where they perform a medley of dance styles to entertain all guests - young and old, or a specific theme or song at the bride and grooms request. The bridal party have the option of being included or just to enjoying it. The dance troupe are also often booked to dance at promotional events, fundraisers, fairs and festivals all over the country.
Another element of DanceFix is the work they do as part of staff/team building exercises. Naomi explained, “The most recent was with Google Ireland, which was held in Dublin for an international conference. We taught an Irish dance remix to the group who were from different countries in Europe and they thoroughly enjoyed it saying it was a fantastic ice-breaker.
“This type of dance workshop also appeals to sports teams looking for some pre/mid/post season bonding. I did a dance routine with the Kiltubrid ladies which we performed on the captains wedding day.”
DanceFix also teach groups of children at birthday parties and at summer camps with Naomi recalling, “I was recently down in Killarney teaching 400 teenagers a dance routine ‘as gaeilge’ for Cumman na BhFiann which we then took to the streets to perform for TG4.”
Explaining what she enjoys most about teaching dance, Naomi answered, “The best thing about teaching these classes is that 99% of the groups have never danced before. They are always a little uncomfortable of the unknown and nervous of how they will look but within minutes they are having fun and enjoying themselves. Many groups have performed the learned routine at the wedding or the office staff party.”
With another Leitrim native, Eimear O’Donnell from Manorhamilton on board as part of the team, DanceFix is sure to continue to go from strength to strength.
For further information on this exciting company please visit www.dancefixireland.com.
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