This week’s Friday’s Child is local teacher and Irish dancing teacher, Charmaine Wade. Charmaine has been dancing since she was four and graduated from St Mary’s College in 2001. She was an eight time Ulster and 8 time All Ireland and international dance champion. She runs Scoil Rince Naomh Colmcille and organises classes in Carnhill Community Centre, Bishop Street Community Centre and Eglinton Village, for further details/enquiries tel 075952 692 649.
How would you describe yourself?
As an honest, hardworking person who enjoys the craic.
Happiest childhood memory?
It would have to be winning the All-Ireland Championships Under 9 in Mansion House Dublin. What was your first job?
Working voluntarily in St Columb’s Hall which was great before taking up a teaching post at Broadbridge PS.
‘Angela’s Ashes’ – I love how this book was based on honesty.
‘Dirty Dancing’ – Once a dancer, always a dancer.
Favourite television programme?
Health is the greatest possession, contentment is the greatest treasure and confidence is the greatest friend.
Favourite method of relaxation?
I would have to say cycling, As a new recruit it works in tandem with dancing to balance these 2 forms of exercise and achieve a relaxed outcome.
Favourite holiday destination?
That would definitely be Italy, the land of ‘Dolce Vita’ Who would you most like to meet?
A hunky eligible male lol.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
A local taxi driver’s very friendly welcome, having discovered a family connection led me to engage in a full scale conversation for the entire 10 minute taxi journey. Although the man had asked lots of questions, I noticed he wasn’t forthcoming in his answers to me, I found this strange but I continued responding only to realise that he was actually having a telephone conversation and I was merely causing severe interruption.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
When my lovely dad contracted Alzheimer’s disease very shortly after his retirement in his early 50’s and passing away at the age of 61.
What has been the high point of your life to date?
When I recently graduated as an Irish Dancing adjudicator.
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who tried her best in life.
What is your most treasured possession?
If you won the Lotto what would you do with it?
I would build a dance studio, give generously to my family and close friends and purchase some valuables for the poor in our local society.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
To have a long healthy happy life with lots of treasured memories.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
My tapping has gone but the dance lives on!