Emerald Isle dancing

Irish dancing is traditional, complex... and sexy as all get out. Check out the moves and grooves in the big Irish spectacular coming to Lismore next Wednesday.

Following their successful Aussie tour last year, the dancers and musicians of The Rhythms of Ireland are back with their innovative show.

The Rhythms of Ireland captures the very sound and spiritof the Emerald Isle. Its a show of traditional rhythms, songs and dances.

The show blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative, choreographed production values of contemporary Ireland.

Traditional Irish singing, called sean nos, dates back to about the 1600s. Sean nos, from the Gaelic, means in the old style. Long before Riverdance there was Irish dance, music and song, often taking place spontaneously in kitchens, taverns and family gatherings.

The Rhythms of Ireland features the best of Irish dancers David Moore (lead male dancer of Riverdance, 2005-2006); Anthony Street (lead male dancer of Lord of the Dance, 2003-2007); and Michelle Lawrence (nine-time world champion and lead female dancer of Magic of the Dance), plus a cast of 14 dancers.

Choreographer Michael Donnellan is four-time World Irish Dance Champion, the ex-lead male dancer of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, and directed Magic of the Dance.

Music directors Martin OConnell and Thomas Johnson will be accompanied by a six-piece band and will contribute the authentic Irish music to the show.

Rhythms of Ireland hits Lismore City Hall next Wednesday, April 16, at 8pm.

Tickets are $59.90/49.90 and $44.90 (juniors). Theyre available online at www.norpa.org.au, by phoning 1300 066 772, or at the Norpa box office in the Star Court Theatre, Lismore.

Freebie: The Echo has a double pass to give away to some Irishly-inspired reader. To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.30 and 10.45am next Monday, April 14, and tell us the name of the sea that separates Ireland from England, Wales and Scotland. Hint: its not called the English Sea... or the Welsh Sea.

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