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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.

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.


Riverdance, Skate Style

One of my favorite skaters, John Rattray, shows us how to do a trick called “The Riverdance” for the Ride channel’s Trick-a-Day.

You all know how often I tell you to “just dance” and “don’t think about it too much” in practices. As John says, “It’s really important to remember that… it’s kinda dumb. It’s a dumb trick.” Which sums up Irish dance for a lot of us. It’s all dumb tricks. Fun. But dumb tricks nonetheless. It’s all about having a good time. Have some fun with it, that’s what it’s all about.

Go out and skate!


New Irish Dance classes begin Saturday, April 14

Have you ever wanted to dance an Irish Jig, or Reel for that matter?

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers will be holding an “Intro to Irish Dance” class this month. Classes are for new students with no prior Irish dance experience, ages 8 and up. This class includes Adults! Students move to the regular Beginner class after the first month of Intro is completed.

Class consists of 30 minutes of Irish dance instruction. Students learn the most basic technique and form through drills and basic choreography.

Intro classes are held Saturdays starting April 14, from 11am – 11:30am.
Cost is $20 for the month of April.

Come join us in learning Irish dance in a fun environment!
Where Irish Dance Comes First!

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.

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.”

Irish Seanachaí from Co. Kerry

It’s nice to hear Gaelic from different parts of Ireland. The mix of English & Irish is really cool!

Tim Evans was born in 1979 in County Kerry, and grew up in the parish of Keel on the Dingle peninsula. He first found interest in storytelling while listening with his mother and father to Éamon Kelly, Ireland’s greatest storyteller, on the radio. Kelly’s stories evoke rural Irish life in ways that are both amusing and touching. The details of language and specifics of location mark these as definitively part of Irish history. Tim began telling these stories at his local pub near Inch beach. 
The beach at Inch

Brooke really loved the Dingle peninsula. Ask her about it sometime!