Declan swaps southside for West End

Declan (far right) rehearses for his new starring role
Declan (far right) rehearses for his new starring role

A southside dance student’s star is on the rise after being accepted to perform in London’s West End with Michael Flatley.

Glasgow boy Declan Durning (19) trained at Boyle School of Irish Dance, which runs classes in Clarkston, Thornliebank and Battlefield.

Having performed since the age of six, Declan conquered the competitions and major titles before tackling his big audition for Lord of the Dance.

Following a gruelling rehearsal period, he now performs on stage with Michael Flatley in new show Dangerous Games.

Teacher Donna Marie Boyle — a former lead dancer in Riverdance — says she takes great pride in “coaching Declan towards following his dream.

“He has now reached the pinnacle of any Irish dancer’s career by training and dancing with Michael Flatley. We’re so proud of him.”

For any budding young dancers hoping to follow in Declan’s footsteps, the Irish dancing school is now enrolling for the start of a new term.