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Dance, music extravaganza includes a wealth of Irish talent

Irish dancers share their passion of the culture in a re-invented Harris Center sow. Courtesy photo
Irish dancers share their passion of the culture in a re-invented Harris Center sow. Courtesy photo

Driving beats and foot-tapping music, one of the liveliest shows on the world stage today, Rhythm of the Dance comes to Harris Center for the Arts March 17 & 18. This incredible show celebrates both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish dance.

With a wonderful, gifted young cast of dancers, musicians and three Irish tenors, Rhythm of the Dance features live performances from the entire troupe. This is a show that has won critical acclaim across four continents of the world in 51 countries to more than 5 million fans. Now, after 12 years of showcasing the very best in Irish dance to the world, the show has undergone a process of renewal, re-invigorating the choreography and music to create an even more spectacular performance.

From the creation of Rhythm of the Dance in 1998 (initially the show was set up for a three-week tour of the United States) it has toured consistently internationally and is achieving greater critical acclaim year after year.

This wonderful show continues to evolve thanks to the constant striving for perfection by its director/producer, choreographer and composer to keep the show fresh and interesting so that audiences who attend performances regularly will always find some new and exciting elements within the program.

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Rhythm of the Dance blends the principle forms of Irish dance, Step, Set, Old Style Step and Sean-nós, re-invented and reworked to deliver the passion and beat for which this show is world renowned.

Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show. Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to preserve the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet present it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field.

National Dance Company of Ireland:Rhythm of the Dance will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. Tickets are at $25 to $39 with premium seats available for $49. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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