Irish dancers to take centre stage

Published 5:00am 30 June 2023

Irish dancers to take centre stage
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

World renowned dancers from the hit stage production The Rhythms of Ireland are heading to the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre to perform three big shows this July.

Direct from Dublin, The Rhythms of Ireland takes audiences on a journey through the rich and colourful history of Ireland, with music and dance that celebrates the nation’s enduring spirit and cultural heritage.

Taking to the stage is lead female dancer Edel Kearney, who will star alongside male lead Kevin Goble.

Speaking to Moreton Daily from rehearsals near Sydney, Edel said she was looking forward to sharing her culture with Moreton Bay locals.

“The Rhythms of Ireland is a show that takes you on a journey from the first traditional Irish dance routines right through to the more modern dances, which you will see in the big finale,” Edel says.

“There are 12 renowned dancers from Ireland as well as Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, as well as award-winning musicians, so you are in for a world-class show.”

One of Edel’s favourite parts of the show is when she and Kevin take to the stage and dance with only the sound of a bodhrán - a frame drum used in Irish music.

“This dance is acapella so you can really hear the rhythms of the bodhrán and our feet,” Edel said.

Edel, who has been dancing since she was four years old, joined the show five years ago.

“I absolutely love being part of this show because it’s a fun and authentic way to share our culture and traditions with people around the world.”

To help keep up her fitness, she practices multiple times a week.

“It looks like all fun and games on the stage, but there is a lot of work that goes into dancing a show like this,” she said.

“I practice dancing three to four days a week, and then also attend the gym at least six days a week.

“We have been rehearsing for our tour now, with rehearsals starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4pm, so they are long days.”

This will be the first time Edel has performed here in Redcliffe. 

“If you love Irish dancing and music, you should definitely come along,” Edel said.

“We are bringing a taste of Ireland to you, so you don’t have to travel.”

Head on down

The Rhythms of Ireland will be performed at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre on Saturday, July 8 from 7.30-9.30pm, as well as Sunday, July 9 from 12.30-2.30pm and again from 4-6pm.

Tickets are $79.90 for adults, $74.90 for concession, and $59.90 for children.

A family pass for two adults and two children is $250, and tickets for groups of 10 or more people are $74.90.

A $3 online/phone transaction applies.

To book, visit the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre website.

The Redcliffe Entertainment Centre is at 10 Downs St, Redcliffe.

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