Definition of River Dance
River dance is a theatrical show, consisting of Irish step dancing with very rapid leg movements, while the body and arms are kept largely stationary. This dance is about the story of Irish culture and their immigration to America.
History of River Dance
River dance has its roots in the traditional music called “Time Dance.” The first River dance was performed during the 7-minute interval of the “Eurovision Song Contest” in 1994. The first dance was by the Irish dancing champions, Jean Butler and Michael Flatley. In 1994, the first full-length performance of River Dance, opened at the Point Theatre and the show ran for 5-weeks. River Dance also performed at the Royal College of Music, London, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother and the Princess Margaret in 1995. In 1996, the show opened in the Radio City Music Hall, New York and is till date considered as an Irish dance. River dance still continues to be performed all over the world, but in smaller theatres. Each production company that performs River Dance is named after an Irish river.
Description of River Dance
To date, River dance has played over 10,000 performances, been seen live by over 20 million people and traveled over 600,000 miles. This show is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. This is one of the best selling entertainment videos of the world. Nothing can compare to the energy, sensuality and spectacle of river dance. This is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, song and music.
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