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The Next Step: A Collection of Solo, Duet, and Group Student Choreography
The Canadian-American Club
Watertown, MA
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The Next Step: A Collection of Solo, Duet, and Group Student Choreography
Join us on Friday April 7, for an evening of Irish music and dance, choreographed and co-produced by some of my dedicated and long-time students.

This year in our advanced class, we started having live music in class weekly.  The goal was to work on listening more closely to the music, to get more comfortable working directly with a musician, and to have fun with the music in a way that doesn't happen when dancing to a recording.  We came up with the idea of the performance group putting on their own show in order to celebrate their year of live music in class.  Each dancer is choreographing or working on a solo, as well as some duet and ensemble pieces.  There will be a special guest performance by our Junior Performance Group, as well as a piece by myself and my dance partner Rebecca McGowan.  

The show will be held at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, MA, a longtime home of traditional music and dance in Boston.  Happily, the bar will be open before and after the performance as well as the break.  Following the show, we'll have a reception to celebrate and congratulate the dancers.

This show is very much about celebrating the connection between Irish music and dance, and we're so please to be working with Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes), Dan Accardi (concertina), and Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar).  The dancers have been working closely with the musicians to shape their solos and duets.  

Produced by Jackie O'Riley - O'Riley Irish Dance - www.jackieoriley.com

Jackie O'Riley is not a typical Irish dancer.Having come to the tradition from Irish set, or social dancing, her formative years were far from the competitive step dancing entry point of many dancers. Over the past decade and a half, she has ardently sought out traditional Irish music and dance, specificallyold-style or traditional step dancing, sean-nós dance, and set dancing. Jackie is now a highly regarded performer and teacher, with a unique repertoire that includes older steps shes collected from masters and field footage, and original material shes composed. She performs and teaches across the US, and has performed in Canada and Ireland. Jackie founded, directs, and teaches ORiley Irish Dance, a unique non-competitive dance program for kids and teens now in its 7th year. Above all, she believes deeply in prioritizing musicality in dancing, being a part of the wider musical and traditional community, and maintaining the joy that drew her to the tradition in the first place.


The Canadian-American Club (View)
202 Arlington Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States



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