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Monday Family Night at Red Butte Gardens 2012

“Monday Family Nights will be filled with colors, sounds music and dance from around the world. Local Utah cultural groups from diverse backgrounds provide a wonderful night to enjoy the music and dance from their heritage while children enjoy crafts and activities associated with the cultures. Join us as we explore the world of diversity in our own community! ” – Red Butte Gardens

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers will be a part of this wonderful community event this year. Join us for one of our two performances held Monday, June 4 at Red Butte Gardens.

Performances 6pm & 7pm
Red Butte Gardens
300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Rinceoiri will entertain you with Irish dancing to live musical numbers by the band Shilaylee.

World Unity Through Dance 2012 at Utah Arts Alliance

“Our world is in need of uniting and helping one another.  The planet is going through changes due to  catastrophic situations.  We can come together and make a change for a better positive environment for our children, and grandchildren.   Dance brings unity and peace to mankind.  If we can feel unified, then we can support each other and our planet.  The net proceeds from dance performances will go to help those people in need. ” -World Unity Through Dance

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers are proud to be a part of this annual fundraiser. Performances are to be held June 2, 2012 at Utah Arts Alliance, located at 663 South 100 West, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Founded in 2003 by Derek Dyer, the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA) provides the infrastructure that enables artists from all walks of life, especially those who lack financial resources, to pursue their creative dreams.

The culturally inspired spirit of the Utah Arts Alliance first became evident during the 2002 Winter Olympics. At this time, most Olympic planning committees chose to bring in out-of-state art, with hopes of attracting greater tourism. Derek Dyer, however, saw that the local art culture was being largely neglected and organized the largest event for the local arts during the Olympic Games.

This passion remains firm and is instilled within its many projects and affiliated programs. More than 55,000 people annually attend programs, events, and classes facilitated by UAA and their partners. That number is expected to exceed 70,000 in 2011/12. The Utah Arts Alliance has its roots in the Utah art scene, and has been directed toward preserving and enhancing Utah culture since (and prior to) its conception.

Two performances will be held. An afternoon performance at 5:30pm, and an evening performance at 8:00pm.  Donation is $10.00 per ticket.

These are fun shows, full of energy and excitement!  Net proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society to help children with cancer. Helping children in need will be a great unselfish, and rewarding contribution.

Festival of Trees performance our biggest yet

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers performed to a packed house last Friday night. The festival draws incredible crowds each year and this year was no exception. There were hundreds of people in attendance, with a large portion of those attendees watching one of the state’s best Irish dance groups.

Backstage the feeling of excitement and anticipation was palpable. For many of the dancers, this was their first time performing for an audience. For most, their first time performing for such a large crowd.

“That’s a lot of people,” a young dancer commented while walking on stage.

She easily could have been talking about the number of performers. Sixty-three dancers graced the stage, accompanied by the four member band Shillelagh. A record for Rinceoiri.

“We thought it would be fun to include all the classes this year,” said dancer Brooke Curnow. “The tiny dancers were definitely a hit!”

From the youngest dancer at age three, to the oldest dancer, who declined to give her age but did mention that her grandchildren were in attendance, the group really put on a grand show. On stage and off.

Backstage the group functions like a well-oiled machine. Stephanie Russell performed stage manager duties, checking the clock continually to ensure the show ended on time. A festival rep was overheard commenting “You guys really have it together, I don’t have to do a thing. I was just booking a cruise on my phone.”

And that sentiment appears to be the hallmark of Rinceoiri’s performance mantra. You don’t have to do a thing. Just sit back and enjoy a fun-filled traditional Irish dance show. The group knows what they’re doing, and they do it well.

If you have any photos or video of this performance and would like to see them on the blog or website, please contact Rinceoiri Don Spraoi to make a submission.
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Our Jingle Bell Run 2011

On December 3, a few of our dancers, and their families, participated in the Salt Lake Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis. The Jingle Bell Walk is a nationwide event that raises awareness and benefits the Arthritis Foundation. Next year, we hope to have a larger team! Maybe we’ll dress up as Irish dancing elves?????
A big thanks to dancers Meghan & Audrey Mitchell, Michal & Alyssa Metzkow, Brooke & Ben Curnow, and their families, for supporting Siobhan Mitchell as the Youth Honoree for 2011.

Siobhan Mitchell, 6, shares her experience of having arthritis
The start of the 5K

Enjoying the crafts station at the “Elf Village”
Thanks to SLUG magazine and Michael Schwartz for the great photos!