Shane McKeever set for London’s West End after bursary funding

Emma Taylor Posted by
Thursday, November 24th, 2011

A talented local Crossmaglen boy is dancing for joy after it emerged that he is set to take the next step in his dancing career and join London’s West End. Shane McKeever has recently received bursary funding from Northern Ireland’s leading employment agency, Grafton Employment Group, through Music Theatre for Youth, to progress his theatre and dancing career to achieve stardom in London’s West End. As part of Grafton’s commitment to helping support youth and communities, Grafton have recently partnered up with and Music Theatre for Youth, (MT4U) who provide training in music theatre from first access to intermediate and advanced level training through to career development.

Shane, now 17, has been line dancing since the age of three and won the All Ireland Championship two years later and World Champion one year later at the age of six. Since then, Shane has achieved an amazing 10 further world championships in line dancing and has
since progressed to other forms of dance as well as acting and singing. Despite his success Shane faced major challenges which may have prohibited his development had it not been for his family and Music Theatre 4 Youth who addressed issues of confidence especially concerning his singing.

A delighted Shane said, “To be a success in the West End, it is not just about being a good actor, singer or dancer, it is about a combination of all of these. I really was very shy, like many young people, and I have had to learn to be more confident and believe in myself- Music Theatre 4 Youth (MT4Uth) has certainly helped. In addition, the financial support I have now received from Grafton as part of the bursary programme run by MT4Uth will make a massive difference to my journey.”

Through MT4U, Grafton have supported the local lad in the final part of his career as he sets his sights on London and the West End. Gale Sergeant, CSR Manager, Grafton Employment Group enthused, “Grafton have a strong commitment to helping support youth
and communities and Shane’s challenges represent the same challenges faced by many youth seeking employment. In the arts sector, it is even more challenging. Shane is fantastic at what he does and will be an excellent ambassador for N. Ireland- Grafton are delighted to be part of his journey.”

Shane is currently going into his A-level year in Abbey CBS Newry but may be seen at The Waterfront and other venues throughout NI. A West End Specialist has stated, “Shane is one of the best technical dancers I have ever worked with.” Shane will be taking to the stage at the Belfast Festival at Queens in MT4Uth’s production of ‘West Side Story’ playing Riff –one of the leading roles in the show.

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