Local girl still dancing a jig over film success

One Derry Irish dancer’s feet have barely touched the ground since she hit the big screen in the award-winning internationally acclaimed film Jig - a behind the scenes look into the world of Irish traditional dance.

Our very own Derry World Champion Irish Dancer Brogan McCay (12), from the Kingsfort area, is just back from the world premiere of the film in Glasgow and is gearing up for a TV appearance on This Morning later this week.

Appearances on the Late Late Show and Daybreak have been fitted in between her schoolwork at Thornhill College.

Speaking from her Kingsfort home Brogan’s mum, Carol, said that the family are delighted about the success of Jig and are enjoying their moment in the spotlight.

“We are not long back from the world premiere in Glasgow,” she said. “We had TV and radio interviews. It was a whirlwind, really amazing, but Brogan just takes it all in her stride.”

Brogan, who started dancing at the McConomy School of Dance in Rosemount when she was six years old, is one of the main characters in the film - a documentary which is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow.

“I’ve been to see it now four times,” says proud Mum Carol. “We’re heading down to Sligo soon and they’re having a special viewing there for it, so no doubt I’ll be going to see it a fair few times more.

“It’s very emotional seeing it, to be honest,” says Carol.

“It was filmed just a few months after my Mum passed away and Brogan is on camera saying that her Granny is her guardian angel when she dances.

“Mum was Brogan’s biggest fan. She bought her the dress she wore on screen. It always makes me emotional seeing that.”

The film is set for release in America in the next few weeks.