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The National Dance Company of Ireland

The National Dance Company of Ireland

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The National Dance Company of Ireland is heading to Lancashire.

The troupe, featuring The Young Irish Tenors, dance at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre for two nights only – Tuesday/Wednesday, September 9/10.

They will be performing in Rhythm of the Dance, which celebrates both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish dance.

Rhythm of the Dance is in its 15th year and has been seen by more than 4.8 million people in 59 countries, including the United States, China and Russia, but has rarely visited the United Kingdom.

The show celebrates a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing the traditional and the current, presenting dance, song, and musical performances in a pure style.

The cast of 19 dancers, five musicians, and three singers is a travelling carnival of working class Irish talents, most of whom have been performing since they were four or five years old.

The dancers are led by Marty McKay, who also danced in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. The Young Irish Tenors are accompanied by the five musicians on stage, who play on rare and haunting musical instruments such as the Celtic Bouzouki, the Cittern, the Octave mandolin, the melodeon (Irish accordion), Tea whistle and Pennywhistle flutes, century-old harps, banjos, fiddles, guitars and various hand drums.

Choreography is by Doireann Carney and the original music is composed by Carl Hession. Call Box Office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk.