DUBLIN, Ireland – A 16-year-old Filipina is part of a dance group that received a standing ovation from the judges of "Ireland's Got Talent."
Nicole Marie dela Cruz Fowler is one of the 38 members of the youth dance group called HipHopical, which combines hip-hop and musical theater.
"Dancing makes me feel happy, and through it I can express my feelings better," said Fowler, who is now in secondary school and is aiming to be a "dancing architect" in the future.
The teen dancer is the daughter of Irish jeweler David Fowler and Maria dela Cruz, a nurse from Jolo, Sulu who moved to Ireland in the year 2000.
"Maagang nagsimulang sumayaw si Nicole. She was actually dancing already before she learned to walk," her mother said.
Because dancing was Fowler's passion, her parents enrolled her at Born 2 Perform Stage School when she was just 8 years old.
From there, she developed her dance skills in jazz, tap, musical theater, and hip-hop.
Fowler's group hopes to land a slot in the semi-finals after the judges' deliberation at the end of this month.