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Irish dancers rock the KSL morning show on channel 5

Although 5:30 is a bit early in the morning, Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish dancers are always ready to dance. And this morning was no exception.  The group enjoyed a little early morning television spot on KSL Channel 5 Utah. In the clip above, you can see the dancers doing a number entitled, “Tip Reel” which is a group dance that also lets the dancers step out and show off a little.

The rest of St. Patty’s Eve was spent doing performances around the Salt Lake Valley, a total of six for the day.

“It’s great sharing our talents with community members, ” Charlotte Fitzgerald said after dancing her fourth performance of the day. “I’m really proud to be Irish every day, but especially today.”

New Irish dance classes begin January 7, 2012 in South Jordan, Utah

Class time!

Saturday, January 7, 2012 is going to be a busy day in Irish dance! Remember that it is registration day for those who are just joining Rinceoiri, and there will be some great new faces in our classes. For existing students, it’s time to get back to dancing! We know you’ve missed it!

Here is the schedule:

  • Performers 8am – 10am $35mo.
  • Beginning Adult 10am – 11am $25mo.
  • Beginning Under 14 10am – 11am $25mo.
  • Prep 10am – 11:30am $30mo.
  • Siofra & Shamrocks 11am – 11:30am $60 per session
We are not doing an Intro class at this time. Beginners will enter their respective Beginning class along with existing students.
If you need a registration form click here.

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.
Where Irish dance comes first!

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!

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.

Summer Irish Dance Workshop

We are happy to announce, we will be continuing classes through the summer this year! The summer workshop will be 6 weeks long.

Our Summer Irish Dance Workshop will help you by going back to basics. Focus on key skills you need to apply, will help to make the movements you are doing look flawless. Over the workshop’s six weeks, focus on drills and perfection while skipping, rocking, twisting, leaping etc. – will really help you further your understanding of the basics of Irish dance.

July 9, 16, 30, August 6, 13, 20.

8-9a    Performer Hard Shoe
9-10a  Performer/Prep Combined Soft Shoe
10-10:30a Prep/Advanced Beginner Hard Shoe (existing classes)
10:30-11:30a Beginner Soft Shoe

We will not start a new Beginner hard shoe class until September.

Performers $60
Prep $45
Beginners $37.50

Full amount due June 25th, if we do not have the minimum number of participants classes will be cancelled.

The Newest Utah State University Honors Elective!

In case you haven’t heard, the Honors program at Utah State University has put together a new elective starting Fall 2011. It’s an Irish dance class, and guess what? Hannah Thompson will be teaching!

PE 1700 – 003

Class time: 12:30-1:20 M/F (1 credit)

Hannah started dancing with Rinceoiri when she was eight and is taking a break (after what 12 years?) to go to college. We miss her like crazy and are really excited about this fun opportunity for her!

If you’re going to USU and want to continue dancing, take her Irish dance class! She’s a great teacher!

Kathy, Hannah, Sarah, & Kirsten

Congrats Hannah!!!!!!!

It’s good to be back in class!

Thanks to all our wonderful Irish dancers; from the littlest Shamrock and newest Beginners, to the seasoned pros.  We had a great set of classes today! You all really gave a lot to make things go as smoothly as possible.

Welcome Shamrocks! We hope you enjoy your classes with Stephanie.  Remember to practice your skipping at home!

To the Intro Three; Great work today!  We’ll be working on leaps next week so remember to stretch, even if you hate it. :)

We’re learning a new dance in the Beginner class and they are really working hard to make every step look nice.  Keep up the great effort!

Prep class has a few new students, which will add greatly to the group!  It’s going to be a little frustrating at first, but remember that everyone else in that class was where you are now.  It’s a great class that helps each other out, so be sure to ask questions and for help when you need it.

And last but not least, the Performers also added a couple of new members to the ranks.  Welcome to the craziness and fun that is our group!  We’re excited to have you join us and can’t wait to start performing together.

Practice, practice, practice this week; but don’t forget to enjoy life as well.