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Lords and Ladies of the Dance

Lords and Ladies of the Dance

May 01, 2018

Irish dance captured America’s attention some years back when Michael Flatley’s Riverdance made an understated premiere but grew quickly into a phenomenon. These days, interest remains strong, and audiences continue to be mesmerized by the intricate footwork, the comparatively subdued upper body posture, and the lively, toe-tapping music.

The library is thrilled to bring this style of dance to the St. Stephens Branch Library on Monday, May 7 at 6 pm, courtesy of the St. Joseph’s Irish Dancers. The group’s name is derived from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton, which originally hosted dance rehearsals.

The young people who dance will perform in costume and demonstrate all sorts of traditional dances, including jigs, reels, hornpipes, and ceili dances. They will also showcase their skills individually and in groups. The group is led by Meg Barrett, who has been the instructor for more than 20 years.

Dance enthusiasts will note similarities between Irish folk dance and popular forms of NC country dancing, including clogging and square dancing. It’s believed that Irish dance was adapted and transformed by early settlers, giving rise to certain styles of dance in western North Carolina.

Don’t miss this terrific chance to experience Irish dance in person and to get in some good library time as well!