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Padraic Moyles talks to Shaunessy Sinnott

What age you started dancing, how long you have been dancing and for who?
I began Ballet lessons at age 4, and Irish dance lessons at age 7. I studied musical theatre, jazz, acro-gymnastics, hip hop and lyrical from age 14. That’s a total of 18 years (and counting!). I danced for a number of different studios for different styles, but the Corrigan School of Irish Dancing in London, Ontario is where I finished my competitive Irish Dance career.
Who is your dancing idol or inspiration?
Nora Corrigan was my teacher from age 16, and she has inspired my dancing the most. She was a lead dancer in Riverdance and toured with the company for five years. I never dreamed that being a professional dancer was within my capabilities until Nora coached me. She taught me to how to set, and achieve goals in dance, and in life. She helps all her dancers to believe in themselves, to be positive and hardworking, and to never give up on their dreams.
Biggest achievement in dancing to-date?
My biggest achievement in dancing was being a part of Celtic Crossroads’ DVD and Television production of The Gathering Tour. This special is still airing on PBS and Ovation TV in North America. I had heard about the show, and had seen the Celtic Crossroads television special at home on PBS before I was a cast member. When I was offered a position with the company on their 2012 and 2013 Tour, I was thrilled! I felt so honored to be a part of such a talented group that I had seen on TV the year before!
What you expect or feel the live auditions will be like?
I expect that the live auditions will be full of nerves, and a lot of excitement. I’m so looking forward to performing for the panel of judges, and to being in a room with some of the greatest dancers in the world!
Which video and which dancer outside of the top 20 was most impressive to you?
Some of my favourite videos of the Top 20 were Chelsea Holloway and Owen Jones. I thought they both had great dance technique, and performance skill! I also liked the videos put together by Natasia Petracic, Erin Trevena, and Alice Ann Robinson. There are too many great audition videos to just pick one!

Shaunessy 
Shaunessy Sinnett 2

11 Comments

  • Dulcie Sinnett
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    You have so many media talents as well! So much experience in media promotion! Got it all goin’ on!! Love all of you xoxo

  • Paula McAuley
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    Shaunessy Sinnett is an amazing woman! She has been a wonderful influence and role model for my daughter who has danced with Shaunessy in the past. She has been a great friend to our family and an inspiration to all of us. She always takes time to show interest in everyone’s lives around her. She is truly a lovely person and dancer, and we can’t wait to see her shine!
    xo The McAuley’s

  • Kate Burgess
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    I have had the privilege to see Shaunessy perform live with Celtic Crossroads & she is so beautiful & full of grace. Her beaming smile & sparkling eyes light up the stage. Heartbeat of Home would be lucky to have her

  • Angie Hewitt
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    Shaunessy your dancing is amazing to watch. You are an inspiration. We hope to continue to follow you as you reach all your goals!

  • Nancy White
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    It is such a thrill to see you doing so well and on your way to achieving your dream……am cheering you on all the way…..

  • Rebecca Horner
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    I am fascinated by this artist. Ms. Sinnett shows to have an entertainer’s heart, combined with a determined work ethic as proven by her above resume. She shines like a star, I replay her dances from various shows (including her audition for this one) over and over and am hypnotized as she performs.

  • Mary Brooks
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    Shaunessy is such an amazing role model for young girls, she has talent, grace, kindness and compassion. No parent could ask for better qualities in their children. Shaunessy you are simply the best.

  • Tamara Willems
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    The poise and grace of the beautiful Shaunessy Sinnett are just incredible to watch. The hard work and accomplishments of this young lady are an inspiration to other young dancers and to anyone set on accomplishing a dream. So lovely to watch. Best Wishes go with you always Shaunessy Sinnett, on your reach for the stars!

  • Todd Rittinger
    May 15, 2013 Reply

    A great talent with a small town heart! 🙂

  • Shelly Carruthers
    May 16, 2013 Reply

    It has been a pleasure to watch Shaunessy blossom over the years, honing her dancing skills until she became one of the top notch dancers in the world. Shaunessy embodies the qualities I hope my own daughter can aspire to…dedication, perserverence, hard work, and not forgetting where she came from & those that helped her along the way. I am honoured to say I am of friend of Shaunessy and her family. Dance on beautiful, can’t wait to see where it takes you next. xoxo

  • Sheila Sinnett Nelson
    May 17, 2013 Reply

    Shaunessy has the ability to engage and captivate an audience through her movement and grace.. On the occasions that I have seen her perform , what comes across to me instantly is how much she loves what she is doing…she loves it., and love of the dance transends her the joy to the audience. As a spectator it was a wonderful magikal experience.

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