Riverdance: the Irish fire


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Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. The group has now 3 different casts; The Boyne Cast, the Corrib Cast and the Bann Cast. Each of the cast tours in different parts of the world.

Riverdance was first performed during the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest on April 30, 1994. The original seven-minute version of the show at this contest was transmitted to an estimated 300 million viewers worldwide. The interest and the outcome was incredible. At Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest it was voted the most popular interval act in the history of the contest.

Here is their first performance in Dublin, 1994 .

An audio recording of Riverdance entered the Irish singles charts at #1 on May 5 1994, and remained there throughout the summer (keeping Wet Wet Wet‘s phenomenally successful Love Is All Around off the top), eventually totalling a record 18 weeks at #1.

Riverdance is produced and directed by husband and wife team John McColgan and Moya Doherty, controlled through their production company Abhann Productions, based in Dublin.

Riverdance has been seen live by over 21 million people in over 300 venues worldwide, throughout 32 countries across 4 continents.

Today, November 4, Riverdance will be performing at the Baton Rouge, LA – River Center Theatre (2-4 November 2009) in North America. They will head off to San Antonio next.

A video from their Irish step dancing

They also have flamenco on the show

Flag_of_Ireland This post is dedicated to my dear Irish neigbours Barbara & Malcolm, and my dear good friend Deniz Gezerler who loves Riverdance.
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