Rhode Island Irish Step Dancer Receives National Heritage Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday morning that Kevin Doyle, an Irish step dancer from Barrington, Rhode Island, will receive a National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

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Trinity Irish Dancers Step Past Performance Snafu to Win Gold Medal

A team of dancers from Chicago’s Trinity Academy of Irish Dance overcame an initial performance snafu to win the gold medal in the Minor Girls Figure U13 team category at the World Irish Dance Championships held April 13 to 20 in London, England.

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Youngest Irish Dancing Competitors Banned from Wearing Makeup, Eyelashes

The ruling from the Irish Dancing Commission—which came into force at the start of this month—forbids children under the age of 10 from wearing makeup and fake eyelashes during contests, but stops short of outlawing fake tan and wigs.

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Boston’s Irish Invasion

They came from Ireland and everywhere—South America and Brazil, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Russia and Canada. They came to Boston, a city green with Irish pride, to one of the Emerald Isle’s most cherished events—the World Irish Dancing Championships.

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Worldwide Irish Dance Community Rallies in Support of Boston Bombing Victim

The Irish dance community is rallying in support for Jane Richard, the 7-year-old from Dorchester, Massachusetts, who lost a leg in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings that claimed the life of her 8-year-old brother, Martin, reports the Nice Deb blog.

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Walpole, Massachusetts Irish Dance Academy Brings Home a Record Eight Globes

The Harney Academy of Irish Dance of Walpole, Massachusetts, brought home eight “Globes”—the equivalent of a top three finish—from the World Irish Dancing Championships held March 21 to 31 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Fired Up for Irish Dance

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Riverdance generated a craze for Irish dance—if you mention the show to your younger students, you might get a blank stare. But the rapid-fire, unison dancing of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and kindred shows appears to have taken root in the United States—and not just among those of Irish ancestry. Its teachers report strong continued interest from students of varied ethnicities. What’s more, they say that training in Irish dance can be helpful to students in ballet and other genres.

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