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Quester Gas Commercial features Irish Dancers

Yes, you read that right. The latest Quester Gas commercial features a handful of Irish dancers.

From Rinceoiri.

ThermWise: diving, surgery and Irish dance are hard. Irishdanceutah.com

Our dancers got a pretty decent amount of screen time too. Watch for them at the end of the clip, starting at around 21 seconds in. Not too shabby for a 30 second commercial, amiright?

The commercial titled ThermWise: diving, surgery and dance are hard stars Daryn Tufts, a local celebrity and filmmaker, as Therm. You can see Daryn, as himself, at Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX at the end of this month.

“Therm, Questar’s energy wise guy, shows examples of things like diving, surgery and even dancing can be hard,” the commercial’s YouTube channel states; while, “Saving energy can be simple.”

Irish dancing can be hard (at one point, the girls were dancing on apple boxes to get the right height for closeups)but we know how much fun it can be! The dancers had a great time dancing on stage, teaching Daryn a few movements, and playing it up for the cameras. The puffy shirts? Well I think the guys could have done without those, but when campy is what they want, campy is what they get!

This isn’t the first time Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers have been in front of the camera. A few of our littlest dancers were featured in the DVD Zack & Zoey Explore the Articles of Faith, where they were able to work with Golden-Globe nominated composer Lex de Azevedo (Saturday’s Warrior, My Turn on Earth, Gloria, Hosanna) and the producers of Signing Time.

A lot of hard work, makes for a lot of fun. Dancing for fun is what we do best and it looks like people are starting to take notice.

 

Irish dancers from Rinceoiri Don Spraoi participate in a children’s DVD

Irish dancers wait for their cue before filming a scene

It’s hard to wait. Especially when you’re between the ages of four and seven. Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Shamrocks, Grace, Mari, and Audrey, found out just how hard waiting can be as they waited hours for their turn to begin filming.

After watching a performance at the 2011 Festival of Trees, a local Utah film producer contacted Rinceoiri about a spot in a children’s video. The video would feature an Irish number and would benefit from the addition of Irish dancers they thought. Dancers were chosen from the recent Shamrock class, consisting of tiny dancers ages three to seven, taught by Brooke Curnow.
Which brings us to the green room, and anxious children waiting to get on stage and perform for the cameras. The threesome waited Saturday, from 3 p.m. until just before 5 p.m. to begin the process. Makeup was applied, hair coifed, and finally into the spotlight they went.
Once their marks on stage were given, the lights adjusted, and the cameras readied, the countdown on the clapperboard began. 
“Action!” bellowed the director, and the dancing began. Two takes for the first scene, one take for the second scene. You read that right, one take for scene number two. These Irish dancers were ready, knew their dance, and how to present it. 
Behind the scenes at the filming of a children’s dvd.
Rinceoiri don Spraoi dancers can be seen on the monitors.
It was adorable, and all too soon, it was over. Hours of practice and waiting, for what seemed like mere seconds on film. But with smiles on their tired little faces, the three Irish dancing girls made their way out of the studio and on their way home. They’ll all sleep well tonight.
The video, which is currently in post-production, has been a highly guarded secret. Release is expected in early April, by the award winning production team. Information on the title can be found here at a later date.
Incidentally, if you’d like your own clapperboard and shot log, you can download one on iTunes.