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Director- Christina McGrath Woods

 

 

Christina was born and raised in Belfast, Co. Antrim.  She went to her first ballet class at age three, where her passion and talent for dance became apparent. At four, she began Irish dancing with the Sean Fleming School and later joined the Armstrong School, Belfast.  Christina had a very successful seventeen years competing all over Ireland, United Kingdom and the USA.  The highlights were qualifying for her first World Championships at just nine years old, coming runner up in the Ulster championships and ranking top ten in both the All Ireland and World championships. Christina has also won the North American Nationals in San Diego, California. American National Championships in San Diego, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 2005 Christina took her dancing career to the next level. She auditioned for Riverdance the Show and joined the company on tour in France. She spent the next five years touring Europe and North America, performing for audiences of up to 10,000 people. Highlights include dancing in Radio City Music Hall, New York and numerous television appearances including NBC’s The Today show. In January 2010, Christina took her TCRG exam (Irish dancing teaching certificate) in Los Angeles and passed with honours.  

 

Looking for new ways to continue the art form, and with such a wealth of experience, Christina came up with an exciting new way to exercise through Irish dance.  She is passionate about it and delighted to share it with others.

 

To date, hundreds of men, women and children of all ages have enjoyed ReelRobics classes and workshops, throughout Ireland and Europe. Christina has also directed hundreds of girls aged 11-13 at the fantastic Michaela Foundation Charity.  For two years running she led the warm up at the Marie Curie Walk Ten event at Stormont Belfast for almost 2000 people. ReelRobics have led numerous charity fundraisers and events, and in 2015 the first ever Reel-a-Thon was launched, with all the proceeds going to the Guatemala Project, building homes for the poor.