Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region


NEW YORK CITY IRISH DANCE FESTIVAL 2009 by midatlanticcce
April 28, 2009, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Concert, Dance, NYC, Workshop

IAC PRESENTS
8TH ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY
IRISH DANCE FESTIVAL

Featuring the stars of Broadway’s Hit BILLY ELLIOT, Performances from the Best of Irish Dance Troupes, Workshops in Traditional Irish Dance Steps, Live Music, and More at this Free, Family-Fun Festival

The Eighth Annual Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival takes place on Sunday, May 3rd from 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Riverside Park South, Pier I at West 70th Street in Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River.

This FREE, all-ages festival kicks off the Summer on the Hudson series, featuring performances by stars of the Irish dance world and dance schools from the New York area, open workshops for all skill levels in many styles of traditional Irish dance, music seisiúns, face-painting, Irish language conversation circle, a panel discussion with the performers, an Irish song workshop, Irish crafts, a rousing, evening-ending set and céilí dance with live music, and food & drink (full bar) available on site.  The festival showcases some of the best local and international traditional Irish musicians.

This year, the young stars of BILLY ELLIOT will open the festival with a meet-and-greet question and answer period from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, and the 2009 Senior Ladies World Step Dancing Champion Ashley Smith will perform two traditional dances.  Confirmed participants for 2009 include- a meet and greet with the young stars of Broadway’s BILLY ELLIOT champion Irish dancers Trent Kowalik, David Bologna, & Heather Burns; Donny Golden Dancers; Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe;  2009 Senior Ladies Step Dance World Champion Ashley Smith; Darrah Carr Dance; Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance; the Keltic Dreams Irish Dancers from PS 159 in the Bronx; Solas an Lae; and Kathleen Collins.        Event to take place rain or shine.

Click here for more information and a schedule of events

The New York City Irish Dance Festival’s mission is to preserve, nurture and celebrate Irish dance in a   non-competitive, pressure-free environment where the key ingredient is enjoyment, and all level of   dancers can participate.  The Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival kicks off the Summer on the Hudson in Riverside Park South, Pier I at West 70th Street in Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River. Summer on The Hudson is a free annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park South Presented by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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