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2 great Irish Dance Events in the one weekend!


'Close to the Floor'
Conference on Percussive Dance
Glucksman Ireland House: New York University Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, 2005 See below

4th Annual
Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival Sunday May 1st, 2005

Not to be missed FREE DAY OF IRISH CULTURE for all the family!!!

RIVERDANCING on the Hudson RIVER!!

SUNDAY MAY 1st 2005 · 12 noon - 10pm

The 4th Annual Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival takes place on Sunday May
1 at Pier 63, at the end of West 23rd St., Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River. Original Riverdance lead Jean Butler and original Riverdance-on-Broadway lead Colin Dunne will headline the festival, and will be joined by an array of stars from the Irish dance world in New York City and beyond: Donny Golden and dancers, Niall O'Leary and dancers, Darrah Carr, Kathleen Collins, the Schade Academy and many more.

This unique, all-day, all-ages event will feature not only performances by stars of the Irish dance world and dance schools from the New York area, but also master workshops in many styles of Irish dance, discussion forums, films, music seisiúns, and set and céilí dance with live music.

The festival will also showcase some of the best local and international musicians: the evening ceili stars Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway, Mick Moloney and Brendan Dolan while there is live music all day with Niall Mulligan, Sean Og Graham and Francis Ward. This year's festival will also feature dancers and Irish dance academics from the University of Limerick, Ireland, the home of the only Irish Dance degree program in the world.

Come to the pier to enjoy a day of great dancing: performances, workshops, talks, discussions and everyone-out-on-the-floor dances!

Also don't miss 'Close to the Floor', a percussive dance symposium at NYU featuring some of the above performers on April 29 and 30, details at www.nyu.edu/pages/irelandhouse

Irish food, dance and craft vendors will be on-site throughout the day.

Full cash bar, heated tent. Event to take place rain or shine.

Bring your dancing shoes - workshops are free and open to all!

Children free all day. Adults free until 2pm, Suggested donation $5 before 5pm, $10 after 5pm.

For further information, please contact Pauline Turley Ph: 212.757-3318 ext 201.

IRISH ARTS CENTER - 553 W 51ST ST. - NY, NY 10019 www.irishartscenter.org

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL (Subject to change)

Time Main Stage
12.00pm Niall O'Leary School Performance
12.15pm Céilí Dancing Céilí
Music by Niall Mulligan, Sean Og Graham, Francis Ward
1.00pm University of Limerick Dance Showcase
1.15pm Céilí Dancing Céilí Second Half
1.45pm Colin Dunne Step Dance Workshop
2.45pm Donny Golden School Performance
3.00pm Niall O'Leary Hardshoe Reel Workshop
3.45pm Schade Academy Performance
4.00pm Donny Golden Softshoe/Hardshoe Stepdance Workshop
4.45pm Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Troupe
5.00pm Irish Dance Preparation & Fitness Talk with Q & A session by Jean Butler
5.45pm University of Limerick Dance Showcase
6.00pm Kathleen Collins Set Dancing Workshop:
Music by The New York Céilí Band
6.45pm Darrah Carr Dance Performance
7.00pm Set Dancing Céilí:
Music by Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway, Mick Moloney & Brendan Dolan

Entrance Pavilion
11.30am Traditional Irish Music Session-All Musicians Welcome!
2.15 Comhrá Rince: Learn to talk about Irish Dance in Gaeilge-All ages 3pm Singers' Circle hosted by Louise Walsh All Singers Welcome!
5pm Traditional Irish Music Session-All Musicians Welcome!
6pm Pursuing Irish Dance-A panel discussion on pursuing Irish dance academically and professionally with personnel from the University of Limerick Irish Dance Program

10pm E N D



And...

Close to the Floor
Conference on Percussive Dance
Glucksman Ireland House: New York University Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Glucksman Ireland House and the Music Department of New York University will hold a conference on percussive dance on April 29th and 30th - the first of its kind ever to be held on this topic anywhere in the world. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the dazzling emergence of Riverdance: The Show onto the world stage, a distinguished cast of dance historians and ethnochoreologists will convene along with renowned dancers, dance teachers and choreographers to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics in the world of percussive dance.

Papers will be given and panel discussions held on varieties of Irish step dance, flamenco, tap dance, African American stepping, English clog dancing, Appalachian clogging, North Indian Kathak and Canadian step dance traditions from Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Quebec and the Ottawa Valley.

Participants will include New York dancers and dance teachers Donny Golden and Niall O'Leary; Mark Howard, director and founder of the Trinity Dance Company in Chicago; Lynn Dally, director of the Jazz Tap ensemble in CA; Catherine Foley, Mary Nunan and Orflaith Ni Bhriain from the University of Limerick in Ireland; Colin Quigley from UCLA; Jaime Morrison from the University of California at Northridge; Darrah Carr of Hofstra University; Gary Larsen from Brigham Young University; Miriam Phillips from Mill Valley College; and Helen Brennan, author of The Story of Irish Dance.

Riverdance stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne will be featured in a panel chaired by Mick
Moloney of Glucksman Ireland House. The panelists will discuss the impact of Riverdance on
Irish dance and other world dance traditions over the past decade. Butler and Dunne will also appear in a panel chaired by Mícheál ÓSúilleabháin, Director of the Center for World Music at the University of Limerick, on the topic of emerging collaborations between Irish step dancers and modern dance choreographers.

Another featured panel will include five distinguished figures in Irish Dance in the New York area, all of whom have been dancing, teaching and adjudicating competitions for over 50 years, in which they will discuss continuities and changes in Irish step dance in the course of their lifetime work in dance.

For further information, please refer to the Ireland House website, www.nyu.edu/pages/ irelandhouse. RSVP to [email protected] A full schedule of events will follow shortly, and will be posted on our website.

On Friday, April 29th, the conference will be held at Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (entrance on Fifth Avenue between 8th Street and Washington Square Park)

On Saturday, April 30th, the conference will be held in NYU's Hemmerdinger Hall, located in the Silver Center, in the Northeast corner of Washington Square Park, at 100 Washington Square East on the first floor.

On Sunday, May 1st, a number of the conference participants will be taking part in the Irish Arts Center's New York City Irish Dance Festival, starting at noon on Pier 63, just west of 23rd Street.
A full listing of Dance Festival events can be found at www.irishartscenter.org

Close to the Floor
Conference on Percussive Dance

Glucksman Ireland House: New York University April 29/30, 2005

Preliminary Schedule


Friday, April 29: 10 AM - Noon
Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (Fifth Avenue South of 8th Street)

Catherine Foley: University of Limerick
Percussive Relations: An Exploration of Percussive Dance at Trath na gCos 2002
Gary Larsen: Brigham Young University
Drag-Slides and Toe Stands: Identity, Motivation and Change in American Clogging Darrah Carr (Chair): Hofstra University ModERIN


Friday April 29: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (Fifth Avenue South of 8th Street)

Jaime Morrison: California State University at Northridge Thundering Sounds: Mapping the Acoustic Spaces of Irish Dance, Music and Language

Helen Brennan
Sean Nos Traditions in Irish Dance

Leni Sloan (Chair)
From Soul to Sole. Soul to Sole: shuffling, patting and slapping in Agricultural
traditions.

Friday, April 29: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Glucksman Ireland House, One Washington Mews (Fifth Avenue South of 8th Street)

Panel Discussion: The Irish Dance Shows - Riverdance, The Trinity Dance Company, Lord of the Dance and their impact on percussive dance.
Mick Moloney: Chair
Panelists: Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, Donny Golden, Mark Howard, Niall O'Leary.

Saturday April 30: 9:30 AM - Noon
Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU - 100 Washington Square East, First Floor (Northeast corner of Washington Square Park)

Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain: University of Limerick
Irish Dance Music: For the Feet or for the Soul?

Miriam Phillips: Mill Valley College
Shared Rhythms, Sudden Stops: Revealing the Kathak-Flamenco Connection

Lynn Dally
From Softshoe to Hittin' It : Treading a Fine Line

Colin Quigley: UCLA (Chair)
Regional stylization and traditional step dance in Canada

Saturday April 30: 1:30 - 3:30
Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU - 100 Washington Square East, First Floor (Northeast corner of Washington Square Park)

Panel Discussion: Changes in Irish Dance in New York over the past half century.
Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain and Mick Moloney: Co-Chairs
Panelists: Fidelma Davis, Peter Smith, Patricia McLoughlin, Anna O'Sullivan, Kathleen Barnard Saturday April 30: 4:00 -6:00 Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU - 100 Washington Square East, First Floor (Northeast corner of Washington Square Park)

Panel Discussion: The Irish Body: Old Moves, New Movements - New Directions in Irish Dance Micheal O'Suilleabhain: Chair
Panelists: Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, Mary Nunan, Darrah Carr, J'aime Morrison.

 

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