Aidan follows in brother's dance steps
GYMPIE'S champion Irish dancer Aidan O'Brien has joined the cast of Dance of Desire, the resident Irish dance show at Conrad Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast.
Aidan, who has been dancing since the age of five, follows the example of older brother Sean who was both a dancer and keyboardist in River Dance – the Show for four years and is now a professional Irish dance musician based in London.
Sean returns to Australia three times each year to play at major Australian Irish dance competitions.
Sister Shannon finished her competitive career at the end of 2009 and intends to sit for her Irish dance teacher's exam in two years' time.
Between them in the last 16 years, the O'Briens have won 12 State championships and three Australian championships while Sean and Aidan have also placed 11th and 12th respectively at the World championships in Ireland.
These achievements are made more remarkable by the fact that for some seven of those years, the family were dairy farming at Bells Bridge and the children were usually unable to attend lessons at their dance school in Redcliffe.
This is not the first time Aidan has performed professionally. He appeared in the show Dance of the Celts along with his brother and sister in 1998 and 1999. The show, originally produced by his parents, toured South East Queensland and performed at the Gympie Civic Centre.
Aidan, who finished grade 12 at St Patrick's College last year, says he is excited about joining the show, which heads to Sydney in late March, followed by a tour of New Zealand and then an Australian tour.