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Darrah Carr Dance: Ceilidh: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance!

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Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM
Smith Opera House
Geneva Concerts

Join the champion Irish step dancers of Darrah Carr Dance for a whirlwind celebration of Irish music and dance. The Bessie-Award nominated company imbues the Ceilidh—a traditional social gathering of song, music, and dance—with their contemporary vision and brings a bold new twist to conventional Irish step dance. Enjoy their lightning-fast renditions of both hard shoe and soft shoe styles set to live music on fiddle, accordion, spoons, guitar, and bodhrán (goat skin drum). Featured performer include Trent Kowalik, Tony Award winner and the original star of Broadway’s Billy Elliot.

Since 1998, the Bessie Award nominated company Darrah Carr Dance has created a sensational and unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. The company draws from Irish music, step dance footwork, and spatial patterns to create high-energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. Artistic Director Darrah Carr calls her style ModERIN: a playful combination of the words modern (dance) and ERIN (an Irish American reference to Ireland).

Recent New York City performance highlights include: NBC’s “The Today Show,” a guest performance with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the company’s annual season at The Irish Arts Center, “The Yeats Project” at the Irish Repertory Theatre, the annual NYC Irish Dance Festival, and a guest appearance with Mick Moloney at the Skirball Center. The company has performed at venues throughout the United States including MASS MoCA, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. They have also appeared at the Toronto Fringe Festival and at the Bank of Ireland Arts Center in Dublin.

Darrah Carr (Artistic Director and Choreographer) holds an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University. Named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by The Irish Echo one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year” by Irish America Magazine, and one of the “Most Influential Women of 2010” by The Irish Voice, Carr grew up in Ohio where she and her three sisters enrolled in the Tim O’Hare School of Irish Dance as a means of celebrating their Irish heritage. Now based in New York City, Carr has been active for over fifteen years in both the Irish and modern dance communities as a choreographer, dancer, educator, and writer. Carr recently received the New York City Comptroller’s Irish Heritage Award in recognition of her substantial contributions to the cultural life of New York’s Irish community.

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