Irish dance group to bring Celtic charm to Airdrie
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:33 am
Calgary dance company Celtic Echoes will be bringing a night of Irish music, song and dance to Airdrie on June 16, at Bert Church Theatre.
“It’s a unique mix of Irish dance with contemporary dance such as jazz ballet and tap,” said Joelle Sheppard, Celtic Echoes artistic director, choreographer and founder.
She called her group’s style of Irish dancing “a little sassier” than typical dance routines.
Sheppard, who graduated with a masters of arts in Irish dance performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland, will be joined on stage by seven other world-class dancers and four musicians including musical director Scott Duncan.
Duncan, who composed many of the music pieces for the show, used to be a part of the internationally acclaimed contemporary string ensemble Barrage.
Sheppard said the dance performances are a bit of a throw back through the ages and will include a piece on the Druids and one called Capone, which has a 1920s theme.
She said some of the dances are more traditional and reminiscent of bigger dance groups like Riverdance, but other are more original and incorporate some acting in them.
“You can be quite inventive and create your own movement,” Sheppard said of Irish dancing.
The dancer has been choreographing since she was 16 years old and said Irish dancing tends to go through trends, which allows for more creativity in developing movements.
“Irish dancing speaks to everyone,” she said. “It’s upbeat and uplifting.”
She added there are also influences of country and folk music in the performances.
Tickets for the performance are $25 each or you can buy 10 to get two free and are available at the door or online at www.celticechoes.ca