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ON THE MOVE: THE CAMP INSTRUCTORS

MORE GUEST INSTRUCTORS TO BE ANNOUNCED

BOBBY HODGES

Bobby began his journey in dance at six years old when he started taking Irish dance classes in his hometown Bristol, England. After an illustrious career as a competitive Irish dancer, winning 10 World titles with his school, he was recruited to join the cast of Lord of the Dance (2008). After just six weeks in the show, aged only eighteen, Bobby was cast in the principal role ‘The Lord’ performing worldwide for over three years across five continents.

In 2012, he linked up with the winners of Sky 1's Got To Dance - Prodijig to help create Footstorm. The show toured throughout Ireland, China and the UK including a limited run on London’s West End. Following the tour, Bobby was cast as the principal lead in a new dance show from the producers of Riverdance - Heartbeat of Home for its world debut tour (2013) throughout China, North America and Europe. Succeeding this, he was then invited to join the company of Riverdance (2014) as a principal lead dancer. Bobby is now dance captain and principal dancer in both Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home and has most recently finished leading a West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre in London. 

Bobby made his debut as co-director and choreographer in his own interpretation of Romeo & Juliet (2018), which toured throughout China. He cannot wait to teach this summer and meet the dancers of the camp!

Natasia Petracic

Australian born, Natasia began dancing at the age of 3. She trained in all styles with a strong focus on Classical Ballet and Irish Dance. Throughout her dancing career Natasia obtained 7 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 of Heartbeat of Home (2013) to then join the cast of Riverdance (2014). 

Natasia performs worldwide in both shows as Principal Dancer and has recently just finished performing in London on the West End.

In between touring, Natasia has also co-choreographed and co-directed her own show “Romeo & Juliet” with her partner Bobby Hodges. Natasia is beyond excited to share her exceptional talents with everyone at the Camp this summer! 

mitchell hodges

Born in Bristol, Mitchell Hodges trained with the prestigious Carey Academy in Birmingham. During his competitive career he achieved several international titles which included Great Britain, All Scotland, four consecutive North American championships and World Champion at the London Worlds in 2014. He also won 9 world titles in both ceili and figure teams before retiring from competing to join the world famous Riverdance on their 20th anniversary tour. 

With Riverdance & Heartbeat of Home, Mitchell toured the world for 5 years as well as being chosen to perform the lead role for a live audience in the prestigious Gaiety Theatre. Mitchell was scouted to be a part of the creative process for the original cast Prodijig The Revolution, culminating in a 6-week stint at the Cork Opera house and is one of the main shows known for revolutionizing Irish dance in recent years. 

Mitchell has performed with the viral sensations Taptronic in Barcelona for the mobile congress alongside Andrea Bocelli, the Royal Ballet of London and Cirque Du Solei as well as being a part of the first ever Irish Dance show to perform professionally in Oman & Qatar with Murphy's Legacy. Mitchell also toured China as part of the critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet a show choreographed by Mitchell & Jamie’s brother, Bobby. Now taking a break from touring, Mitchell is now studying music production in Bristol. 

In 2019, Mitchell teamed up with his brother Jamie to partner with ‘On The Move’ to inspire and motivate the future generation of Irish Dance. He cannot wait to spend his summer working with everyone at the camp!

Jamie hodges

Jamie Hodges started Irish Dancing at the age of 8 in his hometown of Bristol, England. During his competitive career his solo achievements included top 5 placement at a national level, top 10 internationally along with being a 5 x World Champion in both Figure and Ceili dancing. After finishing his competitive career Jamie took a break from Irish Dancing to travel and work, including a brief stint as a television presenter in the UK before returning to Irish Dance full time.

Jamie returned to dance with his charity project ‘Create Not Hate’ working with dance schools around the world to support and raise awareness for a number of local and international causes which included working with children's cancer charities, dancers with special needs, a campaign to promote safe driving and many other worthy causes. Jamie has performed across America, Europe and Asia Jamie has worked with dancers from America, Mexico, Australia, the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and even to countries as far flung as Kazakhstan & Singapore! Alongside this Jamie has specialised in teaching Irish Dance workshops working with over 4000 Irish dancers all over the world! 

 

Due to his community outreach and love of dance Jamie is a regular face at major competitions, covering the CLRG World Championships and American Nationals, conducting interviews, and meeting dancers for some of Irish Dancings most loved brands including Irish Dancing Magazine & Camelia Rose. For his charitable work and achievements in Irish Dance Jamie was named 2017's most inspirational by Irish Dancing Magazine and was their cover star in February 2018. 

In March 2019 Jamie teamed up with his brother Mitchell to partner on a new project ‘On The Move’, an exciting new endeavour encompassing all of the positive aspects of his previous charity and inclusion work with the goal of inspiring a dancers confidence, enhancing their ability whilst encouraging inclusivity for all through dance. Through ‘On The Move: The Camp’ he hopes to share his love of dance and help others by working together with the whole of the Irish Dance community to promote positivity, honesty and most importantly FUN as much as possible! Bring on this summer!

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