Shane Cummins T.C.R.G
Shane Cummins, aged 27, began his dancing career at the early age of 4 in his native town of Roscrea, Co.Tipperary in Ireland. Shane's love for Irish Dancing began at his first dancing class, when he was taught his very first steps by the late Doirene Browne RIP. Later in Shane's competitive career he danced for the Costello School of Irish Dancing in Limerick. During his time spent dancing for Anthony Costello A.D.C.R.G, Shane won six Munster Championship titles, finished top 10 in the North American Championships and World Championships and finished top 5 in the All Scotland Championships and All Ireland Championships. Shane was also crowned British National Champion.
Shane began his professional dancing career in 2009, touring Germany, China, Switzerland, and Austria with Gaelforce Dance. He was then delighted to be added to the cast of the world phenomenon Riverdance touring Israel, South Africa, China, Canada and America. One of the highlights of Shane's professional career is touring 82 cities of North America in just 19 weeks with Riverdance. Performing to thousands of people everynight. Shane has also had the privilage of performing for some well known names such as One Direction, Bono, Prince William and Emeli Sande and performing on TV shows such as "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway", ITV's "The Alan Titchmarsh Show" and BBC's "The John Bishop Show". Shane has also appeared on TV shows in his home country of Ireland, such as, the very popular "Late Late Show." Another highlight of Shane's profesional career was performing with Riverdance for 20,000 people at London's Trafalgar Square.
After enjoying 4 years on the road, Shane decided to fulfill another life long dream and take his T.C.R.G examination in June 2013.
"Passing this examination has given me the opportunity to live a dream I have had since a very young age. I am now excited as a T.C.R.G to pass my knowlege of Irish Dancing onto the younger generation."
Welcome to The Mason-Cummins Academy
ABOUT THE ACADEMY:
The Mason-Cummins Academy of Irish Dance was founded by Craig Mason T.C.R.G and Shane Cummins T.C.R.G. The school is registered with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) - One of the main governing bodies of Irish Dance.
The Academy holds Irish Dance classes in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne throughout various locations in the city.
*For more information about our Irish Dance class locations and times, please visit our "classes" header at the top of the page.
Craig Mason, aged 27 began Irish dancing at the age of 7 in Newcastle, England.
He began dancing with Barbara Slater, teacher of the Clann Na nGeal school
and finished his competitive career dancing for the Kelly Hendry school of dance.
Craig placed in the top three in every major Irish dance championship across the UK,
Ireland & USA including: The World championships, Great Britain championships,
British National, All Ireland, All Scotland, North American National & Regional
championships. In Craig's last year of competing he won the title of Great Britain
Champion and also placed 2nd in the World Championship with just one point away
from winning. His determination to succeed progressed into a profesional career
when joining the cast of the grammy award winning production Riverdance.
Craig has toured across the globe from China, Australia, Singapore, Dubai,
South Korea, South Africa, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Holland, Germany, Norway,
Switzerland, Belgium, France and Ireland. Some of Craig's greatest highlights
include preforming for the Queen of England, Prince William, Bono, and One
Direction, dancing alongside worldwide stars such as Mariah Carey, Emeli
Sande, Westlife, James Morrison & Nelly Furtado. A day to remember - Craig and
the cast of Riverdance were asked to close the St.Patricks day festival on stage in
the middle of London's famous tourist spot, Trafalgar Square. Dancing for a live
audience of 20,000 people this was definitely "A day to remember".
Craig was also privallaged to dance on the set of some of his favourite TV shows
including 'Strictly Come Dancing' and Ant and Dec's 'Saturday night take away'.
Whilst touring with Riverdance, Craig and six other members of the cast formed
the group 'Prodijig'. Prodijig entered the UK's biggest dance TV talent show
'Got to Dance' and swept the title. Craig was delighted with the platform Got to
Dance gave him. Winning the show was the biggest achievement in his career to
date and his greatest moment was performing their final dance routine for
1.29 million viewers and to a live audience of 6,000 people.
Craig has always loved to preform on stage but said:
"My passion is for teaching and I wish to teach children for the rest of my life,
helping others progress to the best of their ability is something I thrive on. I
love to choreograph new material and I will never get tired of pushing my students
to achieve their goals. One day I would love to sit my A.D.C.R.G examination which
would enable me to judge other dancers as they perform at competitions".