Morgan Bullock from Richmond, Virginia in the US was invited to train in person with the Riverdance Summer School, before Covid temporarily dashed those hopes.

However, not even a pandemic can stop Bullock from chasing her dreams as she announced on Twitter that she would be joining Riverdance after all. She joined Drivetime to talk about her upcoming training with the world-famous dance company.

Bullock will join the troupe in just under two weeks, as she joins the company's UK tour in Nottingham, she told Cormac Ó hEadhra. "I'm really excited, it's a dream come true. It's something I've always wanted to do and the fact that I get the opportunity to do that now is surreal."

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As for how much her TikTok videos played a part in landing such a role, Bullock says they definitely "played a part", as it put her on Riverdance's "radar". "I'm so grateful for that. From the time when I was just a young dancer, Riverdance was always the goal for me. I always saw myself on that stage. The face that I can do that now, it's amazing."

Bullock started Irish dancing when she was 10, and is now 21. How does she feel about reaching her goals so soon? "I'm nervous, but a good nervous. To be able to make a career from something you're so passionate about, it's an amazing thing."

Although Covid dampened her invite to the Riverdance training academy last year, she was still able to train virtually as she learned the choreography over Zoom. But it was the accusations of cultural appropriation that took both Bullock and many Irish supporters aback.

"I was a little bit taken aback by it because I'd been Irish dancing since I was 10", she says. "I know about my relationship with Irish culture and my appreciation for it, so it's not something I expected. To say I was very surprised would be a lie because I think we all know with social media there comes a lot of negativity because people use it to spread their negativity and hide behind that screen."

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"At first I was upset by them but then I had to think, these people don't really know me. It's pure ignorance so I try not to take it to heart too much, because I know I'm not doing anything wrong by appreciating and loving Irish dancing."

Bullock is already making strides within the company as she is the first full-time female Black cast member, which is an incredible achievement.

She hasn't abandoned TikTok, of course, as the social media platform is still where she goes when an idea comes to her or there's a song she really wants to dance to, though she says she's trying not to "force it".

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