Our Irish dancers at Utah Scottish Festival 2013 at Thanksgiving Point

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers helped celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage at the 39th annual Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday.

We had a grand time watching the pipers and listening to the different music offerings. Our favorite part? Dancing of course!

For more information on this annual event, please visit UTAHSCOTS.ORG

All photos courtesy Farris Gerard

Irish dancing at the Wasatch Roller Derby? Yeah, we did that!

A few of our ladies braved the cement floor to dance at the halftime show on Saturday for Wasatch Roller Derby.

This bout was between the Salt Flat Fallouts and the Hot Wheelers. We had a great time! If you’ve never seen roller derby before, it’s fast paced, lots of shoves and falls, and ladies who know how to skate!

Wasatch Roller Derby is Utah’s premier roller derby league. Wasatch Roller Derby is a federally recognized “501(c)3” charity, making cash and in-kind donations to Wasatch Roller Derby tax-deductible. Wasatch Roller Derby uses the sport of roller derby as a means to raise money and awareness for other charitable organizations. Wasatch Roller Derby allows individuals to have fun, be active while making a difference in their community. Wasatch Roller Derby also strives to promote roller derby as a sport in Utah, showcasing and celebrating the dedication and athletic ability of all involved.

The mission of Wasatch Roller Derby is to focus on providing recreational amateur athletic entertainment that improves member’s individual athletic ability, self-discipline, and character while promoting the sport of roller derby. We endeavor to provide a supportive environment for women to excel in both their individual successes and in a team environment. We firmly believe that together we can act as a catalyst for profound change and enrichment.

We love supporting organizations like ours that try to make a difference in their community.

The derby community was welcoming and enthusiastic. We had a great crowd! In the derby spirit, we decided to come up with our own Irish dance derby names. We can’t compete with names like Moon Raker, Unholy Roller, Ah-Nah Shedidn’t, or Penny Slain; but we thought we try. Our offerings?

Whiskey Business, Patty O’Furniture, Seamus On You, Brogue ‘N Bones, Bailey’s Irish Scream, Treble Maker, Guinness the Menace…

We can’t wait to do it again!

Living Traditions 2013

The Living Traditions Festival has been featuring local folk and ethnic arts, in Salt Lake City, since 1985. Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers is proud to have been a part of the festival for the past 15 years.


The Salt Lake City Arts Council is thrilled to present the twenty-eighth annual Living Traditions Festival on May 17, 18 & 19, on the grounds of the Salt Lake City & County Building (450 South 200 East). Wave goodbye to winter and celebrate the launch of Salt Lake’s outdoor event season with three days of food, music, dance, and crafts honoring the diversity and cultural traditions of our community. Local ethnic craftspeople, dancers, and musicians will share their insights on techniques, styles, tools, and materials used in their respective art forms, many of which are centuries old. This year’s featured musical headliners included The Relatives (psychedelic gospel), Maura O’Connell (Irish /American folk), De Temps Antan (Quebec folk), and Mariachi Divas (multi-cultural, all-female ensemble). Over 40 performances will be presented on the festivals two main stages, which will showcase a wide variety of traditional music and dance styles, including Salt Lake Capoeira’s graceful Brazilian acrobatic movements, Salt Lake Scots’ traditional bagpipes, Rinceoiri Don Spraoi’s thunderous Irish feet, and Watoto Wa Africa’s contemporary African dance.

  Special thanks to this year’s festival sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah State Office of Education, XMission, Zoo Arts & Parks, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Bohemian Brewery, Bud Light, Diamond Rental, Downtown Alliance, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Hotel Monaco, Metro Display, Rocky Mountain Power, The Design Farm, Third Sun Productions, ABC 4/CW30, Catalyst Magazine, El Semanal, KCPW, KRCL 90.9FM, KUER FM90, Now in Salt Lake/Media One, Salt Lake City Weekly, SLUG Magazine, Superadio, Telemundo, X96/Simmons Media, CR England, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi, Rancho Markets, and Washington Square Café. We sure had a blast!