"In my 20's, I was never lacking in intellect or ability or competence but it was always confidence that held me back," Norah Casey told RTÉ LifeStyle.

The businesswoman was the first to be evicted from the this year's Dancing with the Stars competition after her Paso Doble performance with pro-dancer Curtis Pritchard.

Norah Casey and Curtis Pritchard performing the Paso Doble
Norah Casey and Curtis Pritchard performing the Paso Doble

Although she was disappointed to be voted off so soon, it seems that Norah has no regrets as she explains how dancing has helped her to gain confidence - and why it should be taught to every Irish girl.

"I used to teach myself to throw my shoulders back and look in the mirror and say 'you're great, go out there and nail it' but there was something about that dance that just gave me that little feeling of 'If only I'd learned this sooner'.

"I went to a school on Stanhope Street - brilliant school - and  I talked to the girls a few weeks ago and I was trying to say that to them.

"Exams are one thing but actually, its confidence that makes you do things, that gives you that determination and helps you to take risks. I think every young girl should learn the Paso," she said.

Norah Casey and Curtis Pritchard
Norah Casey and Curtis Pritchard

Last year Norah took the very brave step of sharing her story of domestic abuse with the public. The businesswoman suffered through a traumatic relationship with her first husband, Peter - an abusive relationship that lasted nine years.

Last week, Norah told RTÉ LifeStyle that she didn't do much dancing in her 20's but felt that the competition was giving her a second shot. Now that she's leaving the show, will the Dragon's Den star keep on dancing?

"I'm going to keep dancing. I think this is God's way of saying 'You had a bit of craic, now get back to work'. I know from all our rehearsals around Dublin, I know all the rehearsal spaces, I know all the dance classes," she said.

"I'll miss Curtis - he was the best dancer on the planet so I'll miss him. I'll miss having him in my life, I think we'll probably stay in touch while he's here," she insisted. 

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Norah has worn some fabulous outfits while performing on the show. Does she plan to bring some sparkle to the office? Absolutely.

"A woman, when she gets older, only has to decide one thing: Is it navy blue or black? And I'd gone for black and I think I got myself into a bit of a rut wearing black suits and black trousers and black tops so I've loved this, it's actually pushed me," she explained.

"Now, I won't go out with all the sparkles that I've got on now and the spray tan and flowers in my hair but I think I will try a little harder to put colour back in my life," she said.

Watch Dancing with the Stars every Sunday at 6:30pm on RTÉ One or catch up on RTÉ Player.