Michael and Matthew Gardiner’s 2019 #LadJam2 series allows men around the world to express their love of Irish dance and the skill, power, and athleticism needed for Ireland’s traditional dance
Michael and Matthew are both multi-world champion award-winning Irish dancers who live in the west of Ireland. They were both born in Denver, Colorado, to Irish parents and later moved to Ireland in 2006. Michael (23) and Matthew (20) both followed their older sister into Irish dancing at the age of four in Denver. Their Irish parents both wanted their kids to experience some sort of the Irish culture, and for the Gardiners, Irish dancing was about to take over their lives.
All three children have competed at the World Championships, but Michael and Matthew both went on to win five world titles between them, including a historic year in 2015 when they became the first siblings in nearly 40 years to win the World Championships in the same year.
!!!#LADjam2 Episode 1 IS HERE!!! In total #LADjam2 includes: 92 LADs 16 Countries over every continent in the...Publiée par Gardiner Brothers sur Jeudi 4 avril 2019
Now, they both dance all over the world with Riverdance, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, and Fusion Fighters while also balancing their architecture and engineering degrees. Both boys have retired from competitive dancing but are still heavily involved as teachers and choreographers in the Hession School of Irish Dancing, in Galway.
#LADjam2 takes off
About a month ago, the brothers launched a project they called #LADjam2. The original #LADjam project was created by their good friend and fellow Riverdance colleague James Greenan. The idea behind the original project was to be the first ever internet jamming session. Greenan called for lads all over the world to send in their best beats and he compiled them into one video. Greenan’s project was extremely successful, and he gathered 49 lads from all over the world to be a part of the video.
“Since every good movie deserves a sequel, Matthew and I decided to bring #LADjam back five years on. We wanted to continue what James had started and help to create a platform for lad dancers all over the world to be able to showcase their skill, rhythm, athleticism, and talent. It’s a brilliant way for the lads to express themselves and get creative,” the Gardiner brothers told IrishCentral.
!!!#LADjam2 Episode 2 IS HERE!!! Make sure to like and share this talent with the World! In total #LADjam2 includes: 92 LADs 16 Countries over every continent in the World Endless amounts of talent, skill and rhythm We hope you enjoy! Featuring in Episode 2: Matthew Gardiner (co-creator) – Galway Ireland Kieran Bryant – Sydney Australia Kieran Pyke – Cork, Ireland James O Farrell – Galway, Ireland Isaac Volpe – Pennsylvania, USA John McCullough – Coventry, UK Elliot Kwelele – Dundalk, Ireland Gyula Glaser – Hungary The Pelletier Bros. Luke and Jude – Williamsburg Virginia, USA Sean Downes – Glasgow, Scotland Gerard Byrne – Donegal, Ireland Conor Ryan – London, UK Fang Ye – China Jack Bullington – Chicago Illinois, USA Tadgh Spillane – Chicago Illinois, USA Ciaran Smith – Drogheda, Ireland Aiden Keeney – San Francisco California, USA Sergey Nazarov – Moscow, Russia Diego Alberto Delgado Montes – Mexico Eoghan Hughes – Mayo, Ireland Tom Doherty – Rugby, England Kristian Donne – Swansea, Wales David Janovsky – New York New York, USA Seamus Connolly – Kerry, Ireland Liam Slattery – Minneapolis Minnesota, USA John Lonergan – Cork, Ireland Sean Michael Slemon – Kerry, Ireland Dara Kelly – Galway, Ireland Michael Donnellan – Clare, Ireland Episode 3 will will be here soon!! Music : ÍmarPubliée par Gardiner Brothers sur Lundi 8 avril 2019
“We know from competing and performing, that the standard of Irish dancing has risen incredibly, even over the last five years since the first #LADjam. We believe that the outside world doesn’t understand the commitment, the blood, the sweat, the tears and the sacrifices that Irish dancers make in order to get to the level that we are all at.”
Not only does the #LADjam project give men an opportunity to show off their talent, but it also lets them express their love for Irish dancing and to show to the world how cool it can be for boy dancers.
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Smashing Irish dance stereotypes
Unfortunately, outside of the Irish dancing ‘world’, there are certain stereotypes that come with the sport. The wigs, the dresses, the fake tan, the diamantes are usually what is showcased instead of the rhythm, the skill, the power, the athleticism.
Lads, in particular, get a hard time for this from a young age, whether it be at school or elsewhere.
Michael told IrishCentral “Matthew and I certainly experienced this; it wasn’t aggressive bullying for us, but it was definitely enough to dampen our confidence and make us question why we started Irish dancing.”
“So, as well as being a fun project, the #LADjam projects also serve as a platform for lads all over the world to showcase how cool their talent and their incredible skill actually is. It has now become a true community of lads who all share the same interest, skill, and athleticism.”
!!!#LADjam2 Episode 3 IS HERE!!! The third and final episode is ‘jam’ packed! You'll want to stay to the end for this one Make sure to like and share this talent with the World! In total #LADjam2 includes: 92 LADs 16 Countries over every continent in the World Endless amounts of talent, skill and rhythm We hope you enjoy! Featuring in Episode 3: Michael Gardiner (co-creator) – Galway Ireland Luke Chaumontt – Sydney Australia Cian Walsh – Cork, Ireland Michael Roberson – Boston Massachussetts, USA Sergo E Tellez – Mexico Bobby Hoock – Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA Cameron White – Maryland, USA Adam Mac Aogain – Galway, Ireland Caleb Grignon – Ohio, USA Joel Hanna – Vancouver, Canada Noel John Spillane – New York, USA Cian Maguire – Clare, Ireland/Yonkers, New York, USA Maciek Skwarek – Warsaw, Poland Kian Steytler – Johannesburg, South Africa Owen Luebbers – Pennsylvania, USA Colin E Barkell Colin Barkell – New York New York, USA Nolan Menanno – Timberlake North Carolina, USA Никита Кудрявцев – Omsk, Russia Joe McGeown – London, UK Colm Conneely – Galway, Ireland Matthew Lambert – Wigan, UK Conor Kennedy – Coventry, UK Alexander Kukharenko – Moscow, Russia Peter Dzaik – Chicago Illinois, USA Francis Fallon – Galway, Ireland Richie Murray – Waterford, Ireland Jason O'neill – Belfast, Northern Ireland Thank you all for participating. Until next time… Music : ÍmarPubliée par Gardiner Brothers sur Vendredi 12 avril 2019
He explained “We sent a call to the world of Irish dancing Lads to send us their best stuff and they did not disappoint. We received 92 videos from every continent in the World. We got videos from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, China, Russia, and Australia.
“We got so many entries, that we decided to split the videos into three episodes to share with the world. Each video contains 30 lads and the talent in each video is absolutely mind-blowing. From ages six to forty-four, the lads have done an amazing job in showing their talent.”
*Originally published in April 2019.
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* Originally published in April 2019.