Tom Brosnan’s fancy footwork, which has made him a world champion at Irish dancing, has taken him far and wide including the Coast
As a child Tom Brosnan dreamed of becoming a soccer player. Instead, he found a profession that requires even more fitness and mental stamina: Irish dancing.
“I’ve played a lot of sport in my life and dancing is the hardest,” he says.
“It sounds silly, but it’s just the style of it. Because it’s so into the ground and so heavy, the stress you put your body through doing it every night can be very tough.
“We rehearse every day before the show and after the show we have to ice our legs.”
Tom has been dancing since he was seven years old and by the age of 12 he achieved second place in the World Irish Dancing Championships and won five world championships in team competition.
At 18, Tom nearly gave up the dream of becoming a professional dancer and went to university to study sports coaching – thinking if he couldn’t be a soccer player then at least he could be a coach.
But an offer to fly to Australia and join the cast of The Rhythms of Ireland 2009 tour set him back on the dancing path, and he hasn’t looked back since.
“On my first tour of Australia I met my now fiancee,” he says.
“She’s from Sydney and I moved over a couple of years ago. There’s quite a big Irish dancing community in Australia.”
Tom and his fiancee, also a dancer, plan to open their own dance school next year. But first, he’s heading back out on the road for The Rhythms of Ireland’s 10th Anniversary Tour.
“We’ve got a whole new set designed for the tour, new costumes and mostly new dancers,” he says.
“The standard of the dancing as a whole has just improved. We have dancers coming over from the US and Ireland and we have multiple world champions. It’s a great calibre of talent.
“We have two weeks of rehearsals before the tour. We do 12-hour days every day just to make sure it’s perfect.”
His career has taken him around the world as the popularity of Irish dancing expands to new territories.
“Going to China is always interesting I suppose,” he says.
“We’ve been to places where they’ve never seen Western people and they’re very enthusiastic; they love it.
“Over in Chile, we went out for a meet and greet afterwards and they were just pulling us around almost like we were celebrities.”
The Rhythms of Ireland 10th Anniversary Tour plays The Star Gold Coast on November 18
See Tom Brosnan, left, performing in The Rhythms of Ireland at The Star Gold Coast.