Irish Arts Center’s 10th annual NYC Irish Dance Festival a highlight of “Summer on the Hudson”

MAY 1!  It’s a free, outdoor event going on from 1 to 8, at Riverside Park South at Pier 1.

 How It’s New York:  It’s part of the “Summer on the Hudson” Series,  free annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park and West Harlem Piers Park presented by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and New York agencies support it.  New York revels in being multicultural!
How It’s Irish:  Irish dance and music, performance and interactive (workshops and songs and discussions)

Darrah Carr’s ModErin Troup

Expect local stepdancers, live music, and a preview of a new dance show, Hammerstep, created by Riverdancers! This day-long extravaganza is sponsored by the Irish Arts Center! In addition to the performances there will be workshops for all skill levels,  music seisiúns, face-painting, Irish language conversation circle, a panel discussion with the performers, an Irish song workshop,  set and céilí dance!

Some of the folks you’ll see modern Irish-fusion dancer Darrah Carr Dance (read my article on her work for Wall Street Journal’s blog Speakeasy);

Darrah’s also teaching a master class  at Irish Arts Center on May 7!

Donny Golden Dancers; Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe and School of Irish Dance– Niall is the Artistic Director of this event;  Peter Smith School of Irish Dance; the Keltic Dreams Irish Dance Troupe from PS 59 in the Bronx; Riverdancers Jason Oremus, Garrett Coleman and Chris Naish who will provide a sneak peak preview of Hammerstep, their new dance show that fuses Irish step with tap and hip-hop.   There will also be a children’s photo competition about the event, with the winner chosen online.

Festival goers can enter Riverside Park at 72nd Street to stroll down to Pier 1 at 70th Street.  If it rains, it will move to the covered basketball courts.

FULL SCHEDULE AND DIRECTIONS AFTER THE JUMP!

“Summer on The Hudson” is a free annual Arts and Cultural Festival in Riverside Park and West Harlem Piers Park presented by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “Summer on the Hudson” is this summer’s largest free festival in New York City, providing outdoor recreation for all ages from 59th to 135th Street.
  

MAIN STAGE – Area 1

Live music by Niall Mulligan (fiddle, keyboards)
1:00pm Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance (Performance)
1:20pm Children’s Céilí Dancing: everyone out on the floor!
2:00pm Keltic Dreams (Performance)
2:30pm Niall O’Leary Fun Dance (Non-competitive Solo Dancing) Learn some Irish Step-dancing moves, suitable for all ages!
3.00pm Peter Smith School of Irish Dance (Performance)
3.20pm Donny Golden Fun Dance (Non-competitive Solo Dancing) Learn some Irish Step-dancing moves, suitable for all ages!
3:50pm Hammerstep: A ‘Sneak’ Preview: Jason Oremus, Garrett Coleman and Chris Naish give us a glimpse of their new dance show!
4.10pm Donny Golden Dancers (Performance)
4.30pm Darrah Carr Dance (Performance)            
4.45pm Panel Discussion with Niall O’Leary & special guests Donny Golden, Darrah Carr, Jason Oremus, Garrett Coleman & Chris Naish
5.45pm Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe (Performance)
6:00 pm-8:00pm Irish Dance Party: Set Dancing, Céilí Dancing and Irish Dance Jamming for All: everyone out on the floor!
We will be calling simple dances, everyone can join in, even if you have 2 left feet!

TENT 2

1:15pm Irish Language Conversation Circle
2:00pm Traditional Irish Music Session – All Welcome!
3:30-4:15pm Irish Song Circle Workshop with Louise Walsh
4.30pm Traditional Irish Music Session – All Welcome!

TENT 3

1:00pm-4:00pm Children’s Face Painting
1:00pm-3:00pm Arts & Crafts for Kids
3:00pm-3:30pm Gaelic Kids
3:30pm-5:00pm Arts & Crafts for Kids

Please note: all schedules subject to change

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This program is supported, in part, by Wizdom Audio Visual, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the new York City Council, and New York State Council on the arts, a public agency.


Directions
Pier I (Riverside Park South) is located on the Hudson River at 70th Street. Take the 1/2/3 or B/C train to 72nd street and walk west to Riverside Park South and enter the park there.

For more information contact:
Nik Quaife, Zoetrope Arts PR |
Rachael Gilkey, Irish Arts Center |  212-757-3318

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