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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.

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!

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

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.

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.

New Irish dance classes begin again Saturday, Jan. 8

It’s a new year already. Hard to believe isn’t it? To everyone involved in Irish dance, this means it’s time to start readying for St. Patrick’s Day. At Rinceoiri, we’ll be finishing up some new choreography and welcoming new beginning students and Shamrocks. It’s always fun to see the littlest dancers learning their dance. They are so cute!

We have some fun new steps to perfect in the Performing group, so be prepared to work. No more vacation for us!