Category Archives: performances

Irish Dance Comes to Sesame Street

One of my favorite segments on Sesame Street is Murray Has a Little Lamb. Murray, a monster, and Ovejita, a lamb, go to various schools to learn new things. My absolute favorite is when Murray and Ovejita go to Escuela de Baile Irishes. Irish dance school!
Murray and Ovejita visit the Inishfree School of Irish Dance in New York, which is run by the Reagan family.

“It’s amazing how many people throughout the United States and all over the world watch Sesame Street,” says Sean Reagan, ADCRG. “We still keep getting emails to this day, when people watch the episode on Irish dancing. It was a great experience for all and it will be cherished forever.”

The new Irish dance season in Utah begins!

It gets a bit crazy around here in September. Our year is similar to the school year, with regular classes taking a bit of a hiatus during the summer and beginning once again in September. With classes now fully in swing, we can take a tiny breather and post something.

We had a number of performances during the the past few months. Who knew Irish dance would be this popular in Utah over the summer? Our Performers were busy dancing every week, sometimes multiple times a week, and loving every minute of it.

We’re excited to add 10 new dancers to the Performing group. Each one brings something great to our Irish dance family!

We’re also excited about our new Siofra & Shamrock classes. We normally hold a class for younger dancers from January through St. Patrick’s Day, but thought we’d try out a couple of classes starting in September. What can I say? They’re cute as can be!

The Beginner classes, both the Adult and the Under 14, are amazing their teachers with their hard work and joy in dancing. It’s fun to teach these classes because of their enthusiasm!

Last, but certainly not least, our Prep class has really stepped it up! It’s great to see them learn a dance so quickly and to adapt to hardshoe with relative ease. It’s hard work, but they all seem up to the challenge. We see smiles on faces and sweat on brows as students leave classes.  Awesome!

Irish dance at Utah weddings?! Heck yes!

One of the things we love about Irish dance in Utah, is the opportunity we have to perform for our communities. Whether it’s a festival, a church function, or a party; we have a great time!

We have recently been asked to dance at a wedding. The bride is from Ireland, the groom is local. He’s surprising his bride by having us dance. He thought it would make her feel a little like she had something from home. The biggest surprise will be when he dances with us!  That’s right, he’s dancing!

We taught him a ceili. He did an excellent job learning, especially considering he had never danced before!  We cannot wait to perform with him for his bride. It will truly be grand.

One World Many Stories tells the story of Irish dance

We had a nice mention in the Davis County Clipper the other day.

To start off the summer program, Rinceoiri Don Spraoi will give kids a taste of the Emerald Isles at the South Branch on June 9. The name of the group means “dancing for fun” in Irish Gaelic, and they’ll share some elements of traditional Irish music and dance.

Read more:Davis County Clipper – A world of fun with library summer program

It’s been a great experience performing at various library events in June. Our last event is tonight in Clearfield.

Parade & Siamsa Information

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Arrive @ 9am, parade begins @ 10am
Meet at intersection of 400 West and 200 North (no parking)
Parade goes through the Gateway, SLC

St. Patrick’s Day Siamsa
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Siamsa begins @ TBA
400 W. So. Temple, Gateway Grand Hall (east of the fountain)
Union Station, Gateway, SLC

What to wear:
Shamrocks: Black tights/socks, costume provided
Beginners: Black tights/socks, black pants/skirt, shirt to be handed out at parade
Prep: Black tights/socks, green skirt/black pants, white top
All dancers wear street shoes to walk in parade, then change to dance shoes for the Siamsa

Parents: Use your best judgement on outer wear. If it’s cold and rainy, please dress your dancer appropriately. Coats are fine to wear during the parade (except for Performers), but must not accompany dancer backstage.

How Irish dance became popular

As we start St. Patrick’s Day season, it’s fun to remember how most of us were introduced to Irish dance.

Eurovision Song Contest – Dublin, Ireland; April 30, 1994

And that was it.

The number that was to evolve into the show “Riverdance” was the interval act. There were 25 acts total, from all over Europe. The interval act was the first ever performance of “Riverdance”, featuring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler.

The number was incredibly popular causing Irish dance teachers to see a huge rise in new student enrollment.

“Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.”

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.”