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.
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