Spectacular Irish dance videos advocate positive change, raise awareness of worthy causes and tell inspiring stories
The most recent stop for popular Irish dance troupe Fusion Fighters' campaign “Create Not Hate” has brought them to Richmond, Virginia, where they created yet another beautiful dance clip with Miracles in Motion, a non-proﬁt dance group designed specifically for people with special needs, and a local Irish dance school, Heart of Ireland.
With 70,000 members worldwide, Fusion Fighters is now one of the largest and most influential dance communities in the world. In early 2017, Fusion Fighters started their new campaign ‘Create Not Hate,’ a campaign to work with local dance schools around the world and to give back to their local communities in a number of ways, including community outreach activities, a cultural exchange, video campaigns or a public performance to raise money for local causes.
Chris Naish, Jamie Hodges and Joe Duffey visited Miracles in Motion, in Richmond. This inspirational group was started in 2007 by Kim Moncrief with the aim of teaching individuals with disabilities a range of dance styles. Miracles in Motion allows these amazing people the same opportunities as any other dance organizations and the dancers regularly perform in recitals and community performances.
Moncrief Founder, CEO and Artistic Director said, “We would like for the campaign #CreateNotHate to show everyone in the world just how important dance is to everyone and inspire other companies and studios to be more open to creating opportunities like Miracles in Motion for people with special needs.”
Miracles In Motion - Special Needs Dance Company #CreateNotHate
We were honored and incredibly moved to have been able to spend this time working with Miracles In Motion. As part of our campaign 'Create Not Hate' this was one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had! Featuring Miracles in Motion dance group, Music by: Brian McGrane Music Ciara Murphy Special thanks to: Chris Naish, Jamie Hodges, Joe Duffy & Heart of Ireland, Crossroad & Rose & Sword schools of Irish Dance! #CreateNotHate #IrishDance #FusionFighters #MiraclesInMotion #JoinJamie www.fusionfightersdance.comPosted by Fusion Fighters on Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Speaking about the Create Not Hate project’s involvement with Miracles in Motion, Chris Naish, Irish dancer, choreographer and founding member of Fusion Fighters told IrishCentral, “This has to be my favorite by far of all the campaigns we have done! Our 'Create Not Hate' series has already brought us to some amazing places and brought the ability to tell some brilliant stories.”
He added, “This special needs dance group in Richmond, VA though has to be one of the most rewarding things I've been a part of and was truly the best group of people I've ever met and hope to see it build awareness for more studios like this to accessible for people with special needs worldwide.”
Fusion Fighters have already created numerous videos as part of the Create Not Hate campaign.
Naish introduced IrishCentral to some of their other projects. This “display of diversity and inclusivity in Irish dance… the project was in Mexico City and working with passionate Irish dancers there to create a surprise pop up performance. We got a Mariachi band involved and I was really pleased with the result."
Irish Dancers take over Mexico City #CreateNotHate
Our campaign 'Create Not Hate' has hit Mexico City with this incredible pop up performance in the beautiful central plaza in Coyoacan. Big thanks to Chris, Jamie, our special guest Ash Miller and of course the wonderful dancers from Irish Dancing De Mexico! Also massive thanks to the amazing Mariachi Xochimanca 🎺 To take part in our #CreateNotHate performance workshops please contact our team on [email protected] or for more information visit www.fusionfightersdance.com #IrishDance #MexicoCity #FusionFighters #FFVideoFeature #joinjamiePosted by Fusion Fighters on Wednesday, 30 August 2017
The next, which has already featured on IrishCentral, was filmed with the “Broesler School of Irish Dance B+… to raise awareness of the The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, that funds childhood cancer research and financially assists families of kids with cancer nationwide.”
Fusion Fighters Presents: Broesler School of Irish Dance B+ #...
Fusion Fighters Presents: Broesler School of Irish Dance B+ #CreateNotHate filmed to raise awareness of the The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation that funds #childhoodcancer research and financially assists families of kids with cancer nationwide. This was the perfect project to tie in with the Fusion Fighters #CreateNotHate USA Tour. A massive thanks to Joe McDonough for visiting us on set and telling us all about how he set up the foundation in memory of his son and all the amazing work they have done so far. We would like to say a huge thanks to Eileen, Kevin and the talented Broesler dancers for allowing us to come in and work with you on this fantastic cause. Music arrangment by: Brian McGrane Music http://bepositive.org/ #bepositive #fusionfighters #irishdance #livelikeandrew #joinjamiePosted by Fusion Fighters on Monday, 5 June 2017
The next, a little closer to home, was created in association with Scoil-Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh, an Irish dance school which hosts dance classes in Louth, Meath and Armagh. This video was made to “raise awareness of the Irish Kidney Association and their 'Gift of Life' Organ Donor Cards.
Irish Kidney Association - Create Not Hate - Scoil-Rince Mona ...
It was an honour to be involved in this amazing #CreateNotHate project with the incredible Scoil-Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh to raise awareness of the Irish Kidney Association and their 'Gift Of Life' Organ Donor Cards! Inspiration behind the campaign came in support of the McAlevey Family ❤ Massive thanks to Mona, Dearbhla and Ciara for inviting us to work on this campaign For more information on the Irish Kidney Association and Donor Cards go to: www.ika.ie Music by Full Set - Tree Reels To take part in our #CreateNotHate performance workshops please contact our team on [email protected] or for more information visit www.fusionfightersdance.com #FusionFighters #IrishDance #IKA #IrishKidneyAssociationPosted by Fusion Fighters on Saturday, September 2, 2017
And then there is this amazing video celebrating something exceedingly special. Created in association with the Rochester Academy of Irish Dance, in Rochester, New York, the dancers in this video “are wearing orange for leukemia awareness and to celebrate Ciara Griffin (front & Centre) who beat Leukemia when she was just 8-years-old and who is now 4 years cancer free”. Congratulations you little warrior!
Irish Dancer Ciara Griffin - 4 yrs cancer free - #CreateNotHate
A very special video by Rochester Academy of Irish Dance who are wearing orange for Leukemia awareness and to celebrate Ciara Griffin (Front & Centre) who beat Leukemia at just 8 years old and now 4 years cancer free! #FFVideoFeature #CreateNotHate #FusionFighers #IrishDance #Leukemia #CancerAwarenessPosted by Fusion Fighters on Friday, 19 May 2017
The ‘Create Not Hate’ campaign is to complete a world tour of community projects and video episodes in 2017. Fusion Fighters will join with dance schools in major cities, underprivileged areas and some of the most unusual places you can find Irish dance. By using Irish dance, they will do all they can to advocate positive change, raise awareness of worthy causes and tell inspirational stories of others who are going above and beyond to help make a difference in the world.
What a worthy cause!
Check out some of Fusion Fighter’s amazing dancer performing at the Fusion Dance Fest, in Limerick, this summer:
Fusion Fighters Showcase 2017 - Ft. The cast of Fusion Dance Fest
We are excited to announce, for one night only the Irish Dance Crew ‘Fusion Fighters’ will be performing at the Millennium Theatre in Limerick. As seen on St Patrick's Day on the Late Late show 'Fusion Fighters' have performed all over the world with online success due to their viral videos receiving over 50 million views. Joined by the cast of Fusion Dance Fest & world renowned musicians we are proud to present dancers from all over the globe in a showcase of extraordinary talent, performing new and exciting routines made especially for this breathtaking one off performance here in Limerick. Tickets: https://litmt.ticketsolve.com/shows/873578022 Filmed by Gary Collins Photography Music in video by FullSet Sponsored by Hullachan Pro Camelia Rose wigs DanceCity Dancewear Ginger Revolution by Sunshine Stitches LLC The Embroidery Girl Ceili Magazine #FusionFighters #FusionDanceFest #IrishDancePosted by Fusion Fighters on Sunday, 13 August 2017
For more visit www.fusionfightersdance.com.