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Drama, dance and cool crews make Dance Addictions 2018 a thrilling success

first_imgAn electrifying showcase of local dance talent took place last night in Letterkenny at the Dance Addictions 2018 final.Hundreds of people packed the Mount Errigal Hotel for the annual charity competition, organised by Sarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios.The event brought together over 100 young dancers from academies across the North West to compete for the 2018 title. The competition was strong long before last night’s event, as the final 18 acts had been chosen from over 70 auditionees before Christmas. The acts were a visual treat of costuming, energy and dance styles including hip-hop, ballet, tap, breakdance and more.MC Lee Gooch kept the excitement levels high as he introduced the groups and turned to the judges for their reaction after each performance.The judges had their work cut out for them, to say the least. On the panel was Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly, Dance graduate and Donegal Rose 2017; Katriona McNamee from Ballybofey, founder of KMN School of Dance; Raymond Sweeney from Drumkeen of Titanicdance and former performer with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Judges: Dance Addictions 2018First place, and the €1,000 prize cheque, was awarded to The Crucibles, Ballymena Dance Academy, for their theatrical contemporary act.The high-energy Elite Dance Academy quintet from Buncrana was in second place and the haunting ‘Heathens’, from Encore Performing Arts Letterkenny came in third.The Crucibles, Ballymena Dance AcademyThe Crucibles, Ballymena Dance AcademyElite Dance AcademyHeathens – Encore PAA LetterkennyPinehill Studios Super CrewChildren of all ages from Pinehill Studios kept everyone entertained with super crew showcases at the interval and closing show. Everyone was on their feet by the end of the night after being inspired by all the talented teams.Donegal Daily was there to catch all the action, check out our picture special to see the acts and the judges’ reactions here:Picture Special: High-energy acts amaze at Dance Addictions 2018Sarah-Marie McDevitt and MC Lee GoochDance Addictions, now in its fourth year, was set up by Sarah-Marie in memory of her godfather and uncle John Glackin. The first event raised funds for the Donegal Hospice in honour of the great care John received.Over €20,000 has been raised for local causes so far, and it is hoped this year will raise the biggest total yet. Funds raised from last night will go to the vital work of the Children’s Counselling Service at The Pastoral Centre Letterkenny. As the judges decided on the winners, Sarah-Marie thanked the vast team of people who helped organise the event and the many sponsors gave support.She explained the inspiration for choosing the Children’s Counselling Service as this year’s beneficiary, saying, “I want to support children in our local community who may, for whatever reason, need additional time, care and attention and to have a service readily available to cater to needs during difficult times.”Director of the Counselling Service Liam Cannon explained how the money raised would support the children’s service which was set up in November 2016. Children aged 5 and up benefit from voluntary counselling provided by trained therapists, and it is hoped that the centre can bring the service to schools in the future. Funds raised from Dance Addictions will support that vision, Liam said.Director of the Pastoral Centre Counselling Service Liam Cannon’s talk was followed by a presentation to Sarah-Marie McDevitt for her efforts organising Dance AddictionsSarah-Marie took a moment to reflect on how Dance Addictions has brought her Pinehill Studios community together with local charity groups over the years. People who work with the Donegal Hospice and Donegal Mental Health groups who benefited from past events have remained a close part of Pinehill Studios and were there to support Sarah-Marie last night.Sarah-Marie celebrated all the performers, young and old, who make up the community: “For me, Pinehill Studios is not just about the classes on the timetable. It’s about the individuals that come through the doors. It’s about seeing progression, passion, growth and the confidence of the children and even the adults.“While it is about learning, it’s more importantly about the friendships that are formed and the fun and opportunities we are able to create,” she said.Parents cheer on the young performers at Dance Addictions 2018A big thank you was made to all the sponsors: Kellys Toyota, CBM Signs, Pixelcrush, Tailored Facility Solutions, Century Letterkenny, Letterkenny Toolhire, Arena Seven, Anthony Conaghan Cars, MG Carpentry & Joinery, Pinehill Business Park, Volkswagen, Sharkey’s Waster & Recycling, Tinneys Toys, Torque Service Centre Letterkenny, Healing Flow Yoga with Jacqueline Toner Hayden School of Irish Dance, On Cue – Cultural and Performing Arts, Bricks 4 Kidz Donegal, Donegal Commercial Vehicles, TShirt Xpress Print, Karen Murphy Speech, Drama & Communications, Macs Deli, Illistrin tyres, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Donaghey Motorhomes Ltd Glenform Construction Ltd Dungloe Auto Factors and Tyre Center, McGinley Motors Letterkenny & Donegal Town, Evolve Menswear, Aurivo, Divers Hyundai, Hegartys Letterkenny, J.J. Reid Motors – Volkswagen Donegal, The Mount Errigal Hotel.Check out PinehillStudios.ie and Pine Hill Studios on Facebook for more updates from last night and news of future events.Drama, dance and cool crews make Dance Addictions 2018 a thrilling success was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityChildren’s Counselling Servicedance addictionseventsletterkennymount errigalPinehill Studioslast_img read more

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Total pay continues to fall by 02 in real terms

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, fell by 0.2% in real terms between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: January 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, fell by 0.5% in real terms, which has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017.In nominal terms, which has not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay has increased by 2.5% between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, maintaining the same growth rate recorded between August to October 2016 and August to October 2017. Regular pay, in nominal terms, has increased by 2.4% between September to November 2016 and September to November 2017, compared to a 2.3% growth rate between August to October 2016 and August to October 2017.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £511 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay for employees in Great Britain in November 2017. This compares to £500 a week in November 2016. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £480 a week for British employees in November 2017 before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £469 a week in November 2016.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £489 a week in November 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £459 a week in November 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 35.8% between January 2005 and November 2017, rising from £376 a week to £511 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices index, including occupiers’ housing costs, increased by 33.7%.Gerwyn Davies, senior labour market analyst at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “With inflation increasing, real wages are struggling to keep up and people will be feeling a squeeze on pay. This is being exacerbated by the fact that employers are proving reluctant to increase wages as a potential response to the tightening labour market, as shown by recent CIPD research.”Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, added: “Looking at the jobs market through an optimistic lens, it’s likely that UK pay growth in 2018 is set to pick up speed for jobseekers and employees, given the ongoing dark cloud that has sat above UK average salaries. Improving for the first time since 2015, UK salaries currently reside at £32,598, improving for the first time since 2015. With 102,000 more people in work than for June to August 2017, the employment rate has reached a new high of 75.3%, and sets the standard for the UK’s growing and enriched talent pool.”Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “With pay growing at 2.5% and inflation running at 3.0%, the squeeze on real wages continues for the ninth consecutive month. But with inflation seemingly set to fall back towards the 2% target, this looks like it’ll come to an end in the next few months. We should remember, however, that the only true driver of real pay growth and rising living standards is productivity growth. This is something the UK has struggled with since the financial crisis, and as yet nobody seems to have solved the puzzle.”last_img read more

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