Archive for the Category ‘Irish Dancing’
Dec 17, 2012
Mar 7, 2012
Composer Bill Whelan is suing the producers of Riverdance over unpaid royalties in the Dublin High Court. According to the Saunday Times, Bill Whelan’s McGuinness Whelan Music Publishing is pursuing a breach of contract claim against Abhann Productions, the company which runs Riverdance.
Taking the case in the Irish High Court indicates that the value of [...]
Sep 28, 2011
Belfast dance group Prodijig have been crowned ‘Got To Dance’ champions — winning £250,000 in the process. After dazzling the judges and 6,000-strong audience with their energetic interpretation of Irish dancing. Prodijig beat off stiff competition on Sunday, March 4, to win the Sky One talent competition.
The Belfast-based act started off the evening impressing the [...]
Aug 15, 2011
The pinning of extravagant wigs onto young Irish dancers may cause a type of permanent alopecia (hair loss), doctors have warned.
Traction alopecia occurs when there is chronic traction or pulling on the hair follicle. It is often associated with certain hairstyles, such as tight braiding. However, traction alopecia over a period of [...]
Jul 5, 2011
Within days of Michael Flatley saying he is finally quitting the stage, comes news that his two spectacular performances of Lord of the Dance at the Cliffs of Moher at the start of September had been called off.
The Irish dancer, who last performed for an audience in February, had just turned down a mutli-million euro [...]
Jun 29, 2011
An Irish dancer who was sexually abused over a seven year period by her teacher has been awarded €400,000 by the High Court in Dublin.
Two criminal cases against the man had previously failed when both juries disagreed on a verdict. His victim then sued him in civil court.
Mr Justice Sean Ryan [...]
Jun 22, 2011
It’s that time of year again for Jig Gig dancers. Over the past two years thousands of Irish dancers have applied to TG4 in their quest to be crowned TG4’s Best Traditional Irish Dance Act.
The dance acts have come in all shapes and sizes, from solo dancers to large dance troupes, and it is the [...]
May 31, 2011
Frank McNally, who writes the Irishman’s Diary in The Irish Times, has joined to chorus calling for an end to Irish dancing bling.
“As the father of a female Irish dancer, I have for several years now tried to turn a blind eye to the use of artificial performance- enhancing substances by other competitors,” [...]
Apr 8, 2011
Anybody else notice the word “sport” creeping into the Irish dancing vocabulary? “Irish dance is a great sport,” declares one teaching academy which boasts several North American Irish Dancing Champions among its achievements. About a tenth of such dancing schools drop the word casually on their websites. Elsewhere a dancer [...]
Dec 7, 2010
A new documentary film concentrates on the world of Irish dancing.
Every year more than 6,000 dancers embark on a drama-filled week at the Irish Dancing World Championships. Behind the wigs, make-up, false tans and diamantes, there is a life of dedication, obsession and passion.
Simona Mauriello is from London and has been Irish dancing for over [...]
Oct 7, 2010
Michael Flatley has decided to move his family to the warmer climate of California rather than make his 19th century Cork estate, Castlehyde, his main home.
The Chicago-born dancer will make Beverly Hills his main home, beating out the Irish deep freeze and his other pads in Barbados and London, as well as his aristocratic mansion [...]
Mar 22, 2010
When Mark Pottinger signed up for Irish dance lessons at the age of 44, he had never taken any kind of dance training. After watching Irish dancers on St. Patrick’s Day, he signed his then seven-year old daughter up for lessons at the Bennett School of Irish Dance in Denver, Colorado.
When he [...]
Feb 5, 2010
Sean-nos dancer Seosamh Ó Neachtain hails from An Spidéal in Co. Galway and has had a keen interest in sean-nos dancing from a young age. Although he never received any formal training, he has received both national and international acclaim as a dancer. He has performed with some of the most influential acts in traditional [...]
Sep 24, 2009
Connemara sean nos dancer Emma O’Sullivan became All Ireland Champion in 2009
Aug 23, 2009
Britain’s Got Talent star Stavros can earn up to £200,000 per week …
Aug 1, 2009
With dance classes starting everywhere, the basics are explained … [More]
Irish Dancing, Irish Music Extra
Jul 26, 2009
Difference between set dancing and step dancing explained.
Brian Cunningham talks about growing up in Connemara and his new show