March 15, 2007 |
nee O'Donnell - of Downingtown never saw herself as a stage mother for three very competitive Irish step dancers. But that's what she became as her three children - Cassidy, 15; Ian, 12; and Owen, 8 - took their mother's love of Irish culture and dance and adopted it as their own. Step dancing is a traditional Irish folk dance that combines fancy footwork, high jumps and rapid-fire rhythm. The two eldest Luebbers children are headed to the 2007 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in April.
March 13, 2000 |
The Drums go bang and the cymbals clang ... and it was pretty cold for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on the Parkway yesterday. Among the groups who performed for the crowd was the Coyle School of Irish Dance, whose members include Elizabeth Buhager, 6, of Marlton, N.J. The curly-haired lass found that if she kept moving, it kept the chill off. At left, Mary McGurk of Center City is dressed warmly for the occassion ...
May 17, 2007 |
If you have a teenage Celtic-culture fanatic at home who seeks out Irish dance and music on YouTube, and anywhere else she can find it, you'll know that Riverdance, now at the Academy of Music, has gone through several incarnations, touring the world for 12 years to rapturous acclaim. Its squadrons of ultraprecise championship dancers, with their Olympian ability to execute umpteen taps a second in hard-shoe jigs, captivate with their life-affirming vigor. Through slides, song lyrics, and spoken narrative, Riverdance tells of the Irish connection to land and sea and the challenges of emigration.
March 11, 2013 |
The second oldest parade in the country will make its 243d march in Philadelphia on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a week ahead of time. The parade has been a tradition since 1771 and typically occurs on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, except when the holiday falls on a Sunday, said Bob Gessler, president of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. About 20,000 people will march from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at 12 p.m. down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in this year's parade, including 180 groups and organizations such as the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Timoney Irish Dancers, Cairdeas Irish Brigade, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, and Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band.
June 18, 2016 |
Watching Riverdance is like seeing your favorite band. You know much of what to expect, but you may enjoy the spectacle even more for it. So it's easy to see why this show, which brought its 20th Anniversary World Tour to the Academy of Music Tuesday night, has endured. There's much for fans to look forward to year after year, yet just enough changes to keep it interesting. Changes for this anniversary tour include a new a cappella hard-shoe piece for the women and new costumes, lighting, and projections.
March 2, 2016 |
Dangerous Games is billed as Michael Flatley's final tour as the Lord of the Dance. After 20 years of bringing Irish dance to mainstream audiences, Flatley appeared in only the final 10 minutes of Sunday night's show at the Wells Fargo Center. He was greeted like Elvis entering the building. Flatley danced just a few phrases, but the show, with his name in lights on the backdrop, would not have been complete without a sighting. Dangerous Games follows the format of Flatley's previous shows, which began in 1994 with Riverdance and continued with Lord of the Dance in 1996.
May 21, 1999 |
Come to the city's waterfront tomorrow for some good Irish craic. There promises to be plenty of craic - the Gaelic word for fun - to go around from noon to 6 p.m. at the third annual Celtic River Festival at Proprietor's Park on King Street. The event will feature all things Irish: Irish dance, Irish music, Irish sing-alongs, Irish storytelling, Irish crafts, a model of an ancient Irish ship, and Harp - an Irish beer. "There will be a picnic area right on the river," said Kathy Gorman, one of the event coordinators.
March 13, 2006 |
The luck of the Irish overcame the damp of the day for Philadelphia's 236th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. More than 150 groups marched through wet downtown streets, celebrating Irish music, dance and culture. The parade began at Washington Avenue and Broad Street, made its way up and around City Hall, and ended at 22d Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Here is a look at the parade through the eyes those who attended. Irish eyes don't just smile The parade once again served as a family reunion for the family of Brian McGuire, 40, who has been coming since he was a toddler.
February 10, 1997 |
What's the difference between an Irishman and a Scotsman? According to Bill Reid, not that much. "They're Celtic cousins," he says. This weekend, festival promoter Reid - who is of Scottish descent and married to an Irish woman - brought together kilt-clad clans and Irish lads and lasses for a family reunion of sorts. The occasion was the fifth annual Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair, a midwinter celebration melding the lands' heritages, music, crafts and culture.