CriticalDance Forum

Irish dance
Page 2 of 4

Author:  JM [ Thu Jun 13, 2002 8:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

I'll be there - that's a festival we always try to visit. It's in my Top 5 list of feiseanna to attend each year. GREAT dancing, (although the competitions are too large), and plenty of other entertainment. Great Irish bands and lots of dancing for everyone - they usually have tents set up where non-competitors can kick up their heels.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Oct 16, 2002 7:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Dancers hold competition
By BRYAN M. SUNDIE, Register Citizen (Connecticut)

TORRINGTON -- Hundreds of young girls and boys dressed in variations of traditional Celtic clothing packed into the St. Francis School on Sunday for an Irish dance competition.
"Riverdance put the non-Irish into Irish dancing," event organizer Jacki McArdle said.

According to McArdle, the Fall Foliage Feis has been sponsored by the Torrington-based McArdle School of Irish Dance for "seven or eight years." Over 600 dancers from across the country were registered for Sunday's competition; McArdle's fist event attracted fewer than 100.

Girls entered in the competition wore bright, colorful dresses covered in sequins and ribbon. Many girls styled their hair into large, traditional curls; others wore hairpieces to accomplish the same goal. Calf-high white socks and black dancing shoes completed the outfit. McArdle noted competition costs for each girl. A dress alone could cost $1000 or more. Competing boys wore black pants and white shirts.

click for more

Author:  JM [ Wed Oct 16, 2002 5:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Hmmm, I wonder who that article's talking about?

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Oct 16, 2002 5:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Gee, I really wonder JM. The initials are so familiar...

Author:  JM [ Wed Oct 16, 2002 5:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

LOL, I was only misquoted three times.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Irish step dancers perform 'On Common Ground'
from The Pratt Journal, Kansas

A high-energy evening of world champion Irish step-dancers, country cloggers and quick-footed tap dancers lies in store for Pratt Community Concert Association subscribers at its Nov. 21 performance. The curtain goes up on this celebration of the Irish American music experience at 7:30 p.m. in the Pratt Municipal Auditorium.

Advance materials explain that "Dancing on Common Ground" uses choreography and both traditional and original music to show the evolution of Irish dance and music from the time the Irish arrived in the United States during the 1848 potato famine to its present forms.

The fast-moving dancers show how Irish step dancing evolved to taping as it blended with urban African influences. In other settings such as the isolated Blue Ridge and Appalachian areas, step dancing became what is now called American Traditional or country clogging. Other veins of Irish music took traditional folk music and developed bluegrass, country and rock 'n roll music, say the group's sources.

click for more

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Area kids will kick up their heels in Ireland
By Rebecca Baker for The New Haven Register

HAMDEN — Kosmaczewski isn’t a name you’d expect to see on an Irish dance roster.
But three members of the Kosmaczewski family in Hamden will kick up their heels in the Emerald Isle next week when their dance troupe competes in the All-Ireland Dance Championship.

Emma Kosmaczewski, 10, her brother Ian, 13, sister Sara, 15, and nine other students from the O’Keefe School of Irish Dance will fly to Killarney, Ireland, for the international dance-off that starts Saturday.

The group is the school’s largest ever to compete in Ireland. The school holds fund-raisers to help parents defray the costs of the international airfare.

"Their dancing is very strong," dance school owner John O’Keefe said. "This could be their time."

O’Keefe said Emma Kosmaczewski, his youngest competitor, is one of his strongest.

click for more

Author:  Azlan [ Fri Feb 28, 2003 9:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Local girl makes good:

Irish dance keeps a girl on her toes

By Brian J. O'Connor
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Special Correspondent

When Anne Reilly joins the Chieftains on stage Sunday at Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center, it will just be one more big step in this Irish dancer's young career of traditional reels, jigs and hornpipes. <a href=,0,86625.story?coll=sfla%2Dentertainment%2Dstage target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Mar 14, 2003 11:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Stepping their way to Irish dance prowess
by Lisa Rosato for The Owings Mills Times

Caragh MacDermott, left, and Flannery Carney, both 8, dance at Oak Crest Village. The girls are students of McHale School of Irish Dance in Randallstown.
Before making it into the cast of ``Riverdance" or ``Lord of the Dance," or even performing at the annual Baltimore Irish Festival, those studying Irish step dancing must start small.

That is what teacher Linda McHale Poggi of Reisterstown, who runs McHale School of Irish Dance in Randallstown, stresses to students and their parents.

"Many parents think that after three lessons their kid will be dancing `Riverdance,'" Poggi says. "I have to tell them that's not the case."

click for more

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Mar 20, 2003 1:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Garland: Dancers put an Irish spring in their step
Students dedicated to learning traditional Emerald Isle techniques


By KARIN SHAW ANDERSON / The Dallas Morning News

When 13-year-old Siena Hickey tells her friends about how she celebrates her birthdays, they typically hear tales of crowds cheering her dancing in loud Irish pubs.

But what may seem alarming behavior for teenagers is a tradition for the girl who was born on St. Patrick's Day and traces her ancestry back to the Emerald Isle.
<a href="">click here for more</a>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Mar 23, 2003 1:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

Teacher keeps Irish dance students in step
By Sharon Shapiro for SignOnSanDiego

Their pointed fiberglassed-heeled shoes hit the dance floor with a loud "clap."

But just for a moment.

Soon the dancers are springing back into the air, criss-crossing their legs, bending their feet and twisting their bodies.

"This isn't like ballet," said Patricia Rose, director and instructor of Rose Academy of Irish Dance. She teaches children and adults traditional Irish dances at her new studio in Rancho Peñasquitos.

"The music really gets your feet tapping."

click for more

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat May 24, 2003 11:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

A review of an evening of Irish song and dance in Africa, but don't blink or you'll miss the dance:

Singing And Dancing With the Irish
From This Day (Lagos)

Having missed their annual tour of the country last year, the Irish traditional music and dance ambassadors returned to the country last week to entertain audiences in three Nigerian cities - Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. Tunde Okoli reports that the experience was once again full of traditional Irish entertainment

As the performers waved the crowd 'bye, bye' at the end of their performance tagged, "Evening of Irish Music and Songs" at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos penultimate year - 2001, many wished the evening would go on forever. More could hardly wait another 12 months before being treated to another evening of quality traditional Irish entertainment. But fate dealt a big one on their hopes. They would have to wait even longer. The Irish music ambassadors could not make the planned 2002 trip to the country because of President Obasanjo's trip to Ireland at the time. No one get to see the group perform last year.

click for more

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 11:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance


NY Post

Maureen O'Malley-Byrnes' days go by in jig time because the dancer is busy keeping in step with her heritage and her community. <a href= target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

What say you, JM?

When Irish Feet Are Dancing, the World Loves It

Michael Roddy

KILLARNEY, Ireland (Reuters) - The way Owen Barrington sees it, if everyone in the world did Irish dance, there'd be no more wars. <a href= target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>

Author:  djb [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 5:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Irish dance

And Maureen has all the answers, including why step dancers keep the upper body rigid.

"Folklore says that it goes back to when the English outlawed dancing in Ireland," she said. "A lot of houses had half doors, where the top can open while the bottom stays closed. The story goes that by keeping the upper body straight, you couldn't be seen dancing if the bottom door was closed.
You'd just see people inexplicably bobbing up and down -- nothing suspicious there.

<small>[ 08 July 2003, 07:09 PM: Message edited by: djb ]</small>

Page 2 of 4 All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group