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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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Irish dance hits Utah’s Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees 

It isn’t officially the Christmas Season until the Festival of Trees starts in Salt Lake City. The festival celebrates it’s 41st year this December, and Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers can’t wait to join in the celebration!

The festival benefits Primary Children’s Medical Center, by offering decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, and the like, for auction.
Choral and dancing groups, orchestras and instrumentalists, perform each day. Entertainment is ongoing, to really enhance the festive mood. As in years past, Rinceoiri will be donating their time and talent to this great cause.

Join us Friday, December 2, 2011 at 8:15 p.m. on the South Stage for a celebration of Irish dance and culture; as Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers entertain with a mix of traditional and contemporary numbers. Rinceoiri will be joined on stage by Shillelagh, our favorite local Celtic band.

New Irish Dance classes!

We are excited to add some new classes for younger dancers!

Siofra  – Shee-fra (ages 3&4)
Shamrock (ages 5-7)
11 week class, Sept. 10 – Nov. 19 + Friday, Dec. 2
Siofra & Shamrock classes are held Saturdays from 11-11:30am.
Siofras & Shamrocks will learn a dance to perform at the Festival of Trees.
Tuition is $60; includes costume rental and commemorative t-shirt. Space is limited to 8 students, call to reserve your spot! 756-7720

Festival of Trees 2010

We had a really great time dancing at the Festival of Trees this year. It was a little late for us, we danced from 8:15 – 8:45pm, but the crowd was amazing! It kept us pumped up and dancing our hearts out. We love being a part of such a great charitable organization.
A little about the Festival of Trees from their site:

“The Festival of Trees… is held at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Over the years, this beautiful event has blossomed into a forest of more than 800 trees, a gift boutique featuring handmade articles, a sweet shop filled with freshly made candies and baked goods, a display of wreaths and door decorations, centerpieces, gingerbread houses, and backyard playhouses. There is also Santa, activities for children, hot scones and sweet rolls, and continuous live entertainment. In all, the Festival spans over 220,000 square feet of display space.”

“Perhaps the greatest phenomenon of all is that everything is donated. The trees are decorated and purchased by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and church groups. In addition, others generously donate items to fill the shops. Businesses provide the paper and printing of posters and tickets. Corporations offer their covered trucks and drivers to help deliver the trees, and so much more! Thousands of people join efforts by contributing countless hours and means to give ‘A Gift of Love’ to children in need. In 2009, the Festival raised $1,522,497.58 for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center.”

Practice for everyone @ 8am on Saturday!

Don’t forget that class starts at 8am for everyone this Saturday. We will go over the entire show with everyone and make sure we have things nice and smooth.

Beginners, we’ll do a final fitting of your skirts at class. We’ll be wearing white t-shirts, black tights, black shoes, & the green skirts. Please wear spankys or shorts (black) under your skirt to avoid any embarrassing mishaps. :)

Can’t wait to see everyone there!

No class Nov. 28!

We worked a bit more on the Festival of Trees performance in both classes. It’s really looking good!

Remember that there is no class on Saturday the 28th due to Thanksgiving. We hope you have a really great holiday with your family. Next class will be a full rehearsal with everyone. All classes please come to class Saturday, December 5th at 8am. We’ll run through the lineup and make sure everyone has costuming.

See you then!

Getting ready for Festival of Trees

We spent a lot of time getting ready for our performance on Dec. 5th. Remember to practice steps for the dances you’re in! 
Performers need to make sure you can hear each beat in hard shoe. Clean & crisp is what we’re working toward.
Beginners worked on perfecting the Faerie Reel. They looked great today! The lines were looking a lot nicer; formations were a lot more clean as well. Remember to practice rise & grinds and side sevens. If we can get everyone in nice even lines, it will make the formations really stand out. In beginning hard shoe we started on St. Patrick’s Day.
Performers: Please make sure you have costuming ready for Festival of Trees. If you need an alteration contact Becky asap. It’s not fair to ask her to try and fix things at the last minute, so try on your dress and ensure it’s performance ready.
Beginners: Please take a look at the following skirt chart and email us with your skirt size. These are the only sizes available. If nothing will work out (these are kids sizes after all), we can go with b&w instead. The sooner we know your size, the sooner we can order something if needed. We do have a few skirts on hand in varied sizes. Email your size and we’ll see if yours is available in inventory!