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Dancer from Chigwell’s Claddagh Academy enjoying life with Lord of the Dance

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 July 2020

Ellie-Mae Wheeler, 19, pictured dancing at the Claddagh Academy of Irish Dance, where she has trained since the age of 10. Picture: Claddagh Academy

Ellie-Mae Wheeler, 19, pictured dancing at the Claddagh Academy of Irish Dance, where she has trained since the age of 10. Picture: Claddagh Academy

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A dancer from Chigwell’s Claddagh Academy is enjoying life as the newest recruit to Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.

Ellie-Mae Wheeler — Lord of the Dance's latest and youngest recruit — trains at the Claddagh Academy of Irish Dance in Woodford and Chigwell. Picture: Claddagh AcademyEllie-Mae Wheeler — Lord of the Dance's latest and youngest recruit — trains at the Claddagh Academy of Irish Dance in Woodford and Chigwell. Picture: Claddagh Academy

Ellie-Mae Wheeler has been training at the Irish dance school for nine years, and says her ascent would not have been possible without her teachers.

She said: “I tried different things, but Irish dancing stuck.

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“My teachers had something about them. They’ve always had my best interests at heart, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

Now 19, Ellie-Mae became the production’s youngest dancer when she secured the prestigious role aged 18.

She was on the third week of a six-week tour when coronavirus struck.

With time to consider her future, Ellie-Mae’s greatest ambition is to become one of the world’s top five Irish dancers by winning a Globe – the highest accolade for an Irish dancer.


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