Brandon Asazawa

Irish Dance Troupe

Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe

Darren Casey

Irish Dance Troupe

Amy-Mae Dolan

Irish Dance Troupe

Mitch Hodges

Irish Dance Troupe

Anna Mai Fitzpatrick

Irish Dance Troupe

Fergus Fitzpatrick

Irish Dance Troupe

Meadhbh Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe

Kelsey Latham

Irish Dance Troupe

Fred Nguyen

Irish Dance Troupe

Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe

Jack Quinn

Irish Dance Troupe

Rocio Montoya

Flamenco Dancer

Jasiel Nahin

Flamenco Dancer

Valerio La Pietra

Latin Dancer

Lisa Welham

Latin Dancer

Paaliba Abugre

Afro-Cuban Dancer

Onyemachi Ejimofor

Afro-Cuban Dancer

Kayla Lomas-Kirton

Afro-Cuban Dancer

Mark Alfred

Kit Drummer / Musical Director, Percussion

Tara Breen

Fiddle, Whistle

Cathal Croke

Guitar, Pipes, Whistle

Maddie Dowdeswell

Trombone

Emma Frampton

Saxophone

Michael Maddocks

Accordion, Trumpet
Maggie Darlington

Featured Irish Dancer
Maggie began dancing with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in California. She won four North American Championships, two All-Ireland Championships and in 2007 won the World Irish Dancing Championships. In 2010 Maggie performed the lead role in Busch Gardens’ production Celtic Fyre and originated the lead female role in Battle of the Dance. She joined the cast of Riverdance in 2011 and has toured extensively as lead dancer with the show. Maggie is delighted to be joining the company of Heartbeat of Home.

Gianna Petracic

Featured Irish Dancer
Born in Sydney, Australia, Gianna attended the Halloran School of Dance and trained in Irish dance, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, obtaining several Championship titles in Irish Dance. She studied part-time at the Australian Ballet School. Gianna was in the original cast of the international show Heartbeat of Home and was in the cast of Prodijig’s show Footstorm. Her Riverdance journey began in 2014 and she has since travelled the world with the show performing female lead on many tours. In her spare time she enjoys photography and film editing.

Natasia Petracic

Featured Irish Dancer
Australian-born, Natasia began dancing at the age of three. She trained in all styles with a strong focus on Classical Ballet and Irish Dance. Throughout her dancing career Natasia obtained seven National Irish dance titles whilst training as a ballerina with the Australian Ballet School. This all led her to be chosen as an original cast member in the debut world tour of Heartbeat of Home (2013). She continued on to perform as a lead with Heartbeat of Homes world premier tour in 2015 as well as leading Prodijig’s show Footstorm in China (2014). She joined Riverdance in 2016, where she toured internationally as a Lead Dancer

Bobby Hodges

Featured Irish Dancer
Bobby was six years old when he started dancing in his hometown Bristol, UK. After an illustrious career as a competitive Irish dancer, winning ten World titles, he became a professional dancer joining the cast of Lord of the Dance. After six weeks in the show, Bobby was cast as the principal dancer. Bobby joined Prodijig and went on to help create their debut show Footstorm. In 2014 Bobby became a lead dancer in Riverdance, the show that originally inspired him to pursue dance. He is thrilled to be cast as one of the male leads in Heartbeat of Home.

Kieran Hardiman

Featured Irish Dancer
Kieran danced for the Costello O’Brien School in Galway, Ireland and won the Connaught and All Scotland Championships before placing third in the world. He has performed with over 12 different shows touring in over 40 countries. During this time, he has performed on BBC’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, RTE’s The Late Late Show, BBC’s Proms in the Park, and UNICEF’s Cinema for Peace. He danced for the President of Ireland and the Empress of Japan. Kieran joined Riverdance in 2007 and has performed as lead dancer.

Jason O’Neill

Featured Irish Dancer
Jason is from Belfast. Under the tuition of the Armstrong School he won major solo championships at world level. He is an avid traveller and has proudly danced on every continent and in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres. Jason has toured internationally as a principal dancer in Riverdance performing in China, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada. He has danced for the Queen Elizabeth II, US First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Princess of Hawaii amongst others. He was also part of Prodijig’s forward thinking show Footstorm. Jason is also a passionate musician, photographer and illustrator.

Brandon Asazawa

Irish Dance Troupe
Brandon began dancing at the age of 4 with the Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance located in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In sixteen years of competitive dancing, Brandon became a five time Mid American Champion, National Champion, and placed 6th at the World Championships. After participating in the 2015 Riverdance Summer School, Brandon began touring with Riverdance and joined the cast of Heartbeat of Home in 2018.

Ellen Bonner

Irish Dance Troupe and Dance Captain
Ellen from Co. Meath, Ireland began dancing at the age of 5 and attended the renowned O’Shea School in Dublin. She has danced professionally since 2010 and has juggled this with her studies, graduating with an honours degree in Accounting and Finance in 2012. Ellen has toured Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA with Noctu, Irish Celtic, Heartbeat of Home and Riverdance. She is also Dance Captain with Heartbeat of Home.

Darren Casey

Irish Dance Troupe
Darren Casey started dancing at the age of eight for the world renowned Scoil Rince Mona ni Rodaigh in his hometown of Dundalk, Co. Louth in Ireland. After a successful competitive career during which he won gold in Ulster, All Ireland and World Championships, Darren fulfilled his lifetime dream when he joined Riverdance in the summer of 2008, and he toured worldwide with Riverdance. Darren was also part of dance group PRODIJIG, who won the hit TV show Got To Dance.

Amy-Mae Dolan

Irish Dance Troupe
Amy-Mae from Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland began dancing at the age of two. She danced for the fantastic Carson Kennedy Academy in Belfast. Amy-Mae has won the World Irish Dance Championships as well as many more major titles. In July 2016, she completed the Riverdance Summer School which she felt was one of the most rewarding and educational weeks of her life. She achieved her lifelong ambition of joining the Riverdance team in November 2016 where she became a principal dancer. Amy-Mae is delighted to be joining the Heartbeat of Home tour.

Mitch Hodges

Irish Dance Troupe
Born in Bristol in the UK, Mitchell Hodges began dancing at the age of 4. He training with the Carey Academy in Birmingham and went on to attain several international titles for Irish Dance including Great Britain, All Scotland and four consecutive North American championships. He was crowned the U18 Men’s World Champion in London 2014. Mitch joined Heartbeat of Home in 2015 and toured China with the show. He was also a member of the Riverdance cast touring in North America, China and Ireland.

Anna Mai Fitzpatrick

Irish Dance Troupe
Anna Mai began her dance journey at the age of four. She danced competitively for sixteen years alongside her brother Fergus, realizing quickly that it was her passion. As a competitor, she has won many major championships such as the All Ireland Championships, Great Britain Championships and the British Nationals. She then went on to tour China with the fantastic cast of Riverdance which included her brother Fergus. Prior to joining the cast of Heartbeat of Home she spent the summer performing with Riverdance in the renowned Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Aside from her dancing, Anna Mai has also received a qualification in personal training from the University of Limerick.

Fergus Fitzpatrick

Irish Dance Troupe
Fergus started dancing when he was eight years old at his national school and quickly learned that he had a passion for dance. He won most major Irish Dance championships and became a world champion. Fergus turned his focus to professional dancing and began his career with Riverdance alongside his sister Anna Mai and went on to tour China and then a summer run in the renowned Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. This paved the path for a new exciting venture into Heartbeat of Home. Aside from dancing, Fergus is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Meadhbh Kennedy

Irish Dance Troupe
Meadhbh hails from Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland and began dancing with the Jackie O’ Leary School of Irish Dance at the age of 4. She later joined the Murrihy – Flynn and O’Shea schools. Competing successfully at the World and All Ireland Championships, she became Leinster Champion in 2014. Meadhbh also danced in Ladies and mixed teams with the O’Shea School placing top three in the World Championships numerous times. As well as dancing professionally since 2010, Meadhbh completed a degree in Mathematics and English at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin. Since 2015, she has toured Europe, China and North and South America with Riverdance and other dance shows. Meadhbh is excited to be joining the cast of Heartbeat of Home.

Kelsey Latham

Irish Dance Troupe
From Connecticut, USA, Kelsey began dancing at the age of six with the Griffith Academy, studying Irish dance, ballet, and musical theatre. While Kelsey is in her senior year at Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism, she enjoys performing. She is a lead dancer with the Griffith Academy Celtic Dance and most recently, Kelsey toured as a troupe member in Heartbeat of Home. Kelsey has been a New England Regional first place Ladies’ Champion and has been a top three placement finisher in both the North American Championships and the All Ireland Championships as well as a top ten finisher in the World championships.

Fred Nguyen

Irish Dance Troupe
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Fred has been dancing since he was 9 with the De Danaan School of Irish Dance. Throughout his dancing career, he has been crowned 8 time Western Canadian Champion, 2 time North American National Champion, and placed as high as 2nd at the Worlds and the All Ireland’s Irish Dance Championship. He has taken part in performing at Awards Ceremony as well as providing entertainment for the Irish Pavilion during the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013, Fred began his professional career with Heartbeat of Home.

Louise O’Sullivan

Irish Dance Troupe
Louise from Dublin, Ireland began dancing at the age of four under the tuition of the late Lil Tully, transferring to the Elaine Kavanagh School of Dance in her teens. Many years of successful competitive Irish dancing followed before Louise began her professional career in 2010. After lengthy tours of the world Louise fulfilled her dream of joining Riverdance and has moved from a troupe role, to Dance Captain and Lead dancer. Louise is also a qualified personal trainer, having studied at Dublin City University and is delighted to be chosen to tour with Heartbeat of Home.

Jack Quinn

Irish Dance Troupe
At age seventeen, Jack joined Heartbeat of Home on the first China tour in 2013. This first professional show experience provided him stage-time that any young performer would envy. Following this tour he returned home for a busy final year of school, during which he sang at Ireland’s National Concert Hall on behalf of his school, danced in front of an audience of 80,000 in Ireland’s national football stadium and won his 7th consecutive World Irish Dance Championship.
Jack was asked to join the cast of world famous Riverdance, performing in his first show at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin and went on to tour North America, Europe and China. Jack returns to tour with Heartbeat of Home in China, Germany and the London Palladium.

Rocio Montoya

Flamenco Dancer
Rocio started dancing at age four in Granada, Spain. At twenty one, she graduated from El Conservatorio Profesional de Danza, Granada and began working professionally with various flamenco companies and artists including Compañia Andaluza de Danza, Flamencos en Route, Mario Maya and Rafaela Carrasco. Rocio has also created her own works. In 2006, she premiered Acordes Pintados con Palabras and currently has an ongoing show Alhambra Baila. Rocio has performed all over the world as a featured flamenco soloist in Riverdance and has most recently added Heartbeat of Home to her credits as a flamenco artist/choreographer.

Jasiel Nahin

Flamenco Dancer

Jasiel Nahin (flamenco dancer) was born in Tunuyan, Mendoza in Argentina. At the early age of 5, Jasiel began taking dance lessons from his mother, also a professional dancer. Growing up around dance his whole life, Jasiel was exposed to and studied tango, Argentine folk dance, jazz, modern, and ballet. At the young age of 19, Jasiel traveled to Spain to further study flamenco with some of the great flamenco artists such as Farruquito and Mariquilla among many others. He has had the privilege to perform all over Argentina and Spain in various shows and festivals. Jasiel’s most recent creation “Mirando Dentro” is a self reflecting work about his excitement and passion for life and dance, two attributes he brings to “Heartbeat of Home”.

Valerio La Pietra

Latin Dancer
Valerio was born into a dance family and began dancing at his parents’ school in Italy. He has competed for more than 15 years; winning a number of major Dancesport medals across North America and Europe. On retiring from competition, Valerio performed all over the world as part of the prestigious touring dance company Burn the Floor and then as a lead in the cruising stage show Legally Blonde. After completing his first season as a pro-latin dancer on Italy’s version of Dancing with the Stars, Valerio joined a UK Tour with Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev. Valerio is excited to be a part of the cast of Heartbeat of Home.

Lisa Welham

Latin Dancer
Lisa graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, UK in 2002 with a first class BA hons degree. Since then she has danced extensively with the UK’s top Contemporary dance companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Bonachela Dance Company and Henri Oguike.
Lisa now works as a freelance artist. Her projects have included: The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games (Akram Khan); The Pet Shop Boys musical (Javier De Frutos) and Electric tour; she danced in the movie adaptation of Anna Karenina (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) and several UK TV adverts. She was assistant choreographer for the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing. Lisa has recently finished touring four Latin shows with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

Paaliba Abugre

Afro-Cuban Dancer
Paaliba started dance at age 13 initially beginning his training with Groundswell Dance Company, then later moving to London to further his studies. Paaliba is delighted to join the cast of Heartbeat of Home and would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

Onyemachi Ejimofor

Afro-Cuban Dancer
Onyemachi Ejimofor trained at the London Studio Centre. His credits include: Dance member for Motionhouse Dance Company, Ensemble in The Bodyguard Musical (Germany), Ensemble in The Lion King (UK Tour), Dancer for Florence + The Machine (Hyde Park Summertime Festival), Dancer for Rosie Kay dance company (international dance festival Birmingham), Dancer in James Wilton Dance Company (Rugby World Cup), Dancer in The Corrs ‘Bring on the night’ music video, Dancer in money.co.uk commercial.

Kayla Lomas-Kirton

Afro-Cuban Dancer
Kayla is a professional dance artist, dance teacher and mentor based in London. Her theatre credits include Into the Hoods, Some Like It Hip Hop, The Five and the Prophecy of Prana, Thriller Live, Uchenna Dance Company, SOHO and Blaze. Her artist credits include Katy Perry, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Busted, and Nile Rodgers.
Kayla was also a dancer at the London 2012 Olympics, Baku 2015 European Games and a finalist with Boadicea on Sky One’s Got to Dance which lead to a UK arena Tour with Diversity. Kayla has also worked as an assistant choreographer for Birdgang Dance Company and So You Think You Can Dance UK.

Mark Alfred

Musical Director, Drums, Percussion and Bodhran
Mark, a native of Monaghan, Ireland began playing drum set the age of four. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Performing Arts College. He is now one of Europe’s most highly regarded drummers and is in demand from a host of international acts. His individualistic and energetic style has seen him play with Lionel Richie, Josh Groban, The Corrs, The Divine Comedy, Mary Coughlan, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Donnie Osmond, and the late Christy Hennessy. Mark Alfred uses and proudly endorses: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases.

Tara Breen

Fiddle, Whistle
Tara, a multi-instrumentalist from Co. Clare, has achieved All-Ireland titles on fiddle in every age category including the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Title and is an All-Ireland winner on the flute and saxophone. Tara has won 11 solo All Ireland Fleadh titles and 10 group All Ireland Fleadh titles. Tara won the coveted ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ competition and the prestigious ‘Michael Coleman Fiddle Competition’ and the senior Oireachtas fiddle title. She was selected by Donal Lunny for the T.V. series, Lorg Lunny, which culminated in the band Ciorras, and went on to join the Galician piper Carlos Núñez. In 2014, Tara joined The Chieftains for their North American tour. She achieved her Dip. ABRSM in 2007 in classical flute, graduated in 2011 with a BA(Hons) in Music and Arts, and in 2012 a B Mus. Degree.

Cathal Croke

Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Whistle
Dublin-born, Cathal started playing music from the age of seven and began learning the Uilleann Pipes at thirteen. A Senior All Ireland Champion, he has played for two Presidents of Ireland, including Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarian. Cathal has performed regularly at international festivals such as Festival Interceltique du l’Orient and HIFA Festival, Zimbabwe, shared the stage with Ralph McTell in Hamburg and was recorded by Ireland’s National Television Broadcaster, RTÉ. Since graduating from the University of Limerick with an Honours Degree in Music, Cathal has toured in Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia.

Maddie Dowdeswell

Trombone
Maddie studied jazz trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In January 2018, she performed on the UK touring show fat friends. Since leaving Trinity, she has depped on various shows on the West End such as Dream Girls, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie and Young Frankenstein and In the Heights. Maddie is also an alumni of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. While working in London, Maddie has performed in prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall (as part of the BBC proms), Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and as a soloist in St Martin in the Fields.

Emma Frampton

Saxophone, Keyboard and Whistle
Since graduating from Leeds College of Music with a BA (Hons) in Jazz, Emma has relocated to London and has established herself as a much in-demand session musician. Emma has toured throughout the world for Hedkandi, & Fierce Angel, as well as performing with Olly Murs, John Newman, Busted, Mr Hudson, The Ting Tings, and Patrick Wolf to name a few. Emma is looking forward to being part of Heartbeat of Home.

Michael Maddocks

Trumpet, Accordion
Michael studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He co-runs and plays for dbhorns who play/fix horns for several UK touring shows including Best of Wham, AMY and And Finally Phil Collins, played at festivals with the most recent being Rewind Festival, and recorded sessions for Sony Music artists and BBC radio productions. Michael has performed in several London Musical Theatre Orchestra productions including State Fair and Candide. Michael played lead trumpet on the 2015 and 2017 And Finally Big Band tours, performing the music of the Phil Collins Big Band. In 2017 he also played on the Sincerely Yours: Vera Lynn tour.

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