Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development’s production of “Kickin It Irish” with artistic direction by Cormac O’Se presents traditional to contemporary Irish dancing with Irish bodhran, flute, guitar and fiddle by Two Tap Trio. Ceili and set dances display social gatherings through Irish dance history with hard and soft shoe repertoire alongside contemporary choreography and influence of Riverdance.
A casual meeting with a strolling performer commences ceili or social dance formations reminiscent of folk songs where finely trained voices emanate Gaelic tune in soft shoe. With arms at dancers’ sides 18th and 19th century traveling dance masters hard shoe clogging and vertical jumps display Riverdance style with traditional minimalist dress and competition costume and wigs to celebrate Irish culture. Set dances in hard shoe with ceili formations did not disappoint as ballet-like fifth positions incorporated into percussive toe tap renditions.
Two Tap Trio's tin flute, accordion, simultaneous solo dance and fiddle and African djembe display affect ridden percussives where appreciation commenced entertainment. Audience exalted with abundance as a "Comin' Around the Mountain" rendition gathered Irish folklore as audience of all ages sang of Gaelic entertainment history.
“Kickin It Irish” performed at Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development through March 17th, 2013. Please visit www.osheairishdance.com for upcoming performances and classes. “Heartbeat of the Drum” plays April 26th-May 19th 2013. “Heartbeat of the Drum” acquaints a young girl with a taiko drum renditions to soar past tradition to save a fishing village from warfare. Tickets are $12-15. Please call 651-225-9265 or visit www.steppingstonetheatre.org to order tickets online and for more information on upcoming productions and classes.