Stage Managers Learn To Irish Dance

Article featured in Diddlyi Magazine.
02.01.11

‘Ireland: The Dance Experience’ had a fantastic closing night last weekend. It was such a fun show to put on and we had some really great audiences. But what most people don’t know is that during the three weeks that the show was playing, a few of the young dancers in the show started teaching a couple of the stage managers the Irish beginner reel.

After almost every show, as most of us were gathering our costumes and leaving, two of the stage managers and a group of little girls gathered on the deserted stage and practiced. I watched their progress a couple nights and was quite impressed at how fast they were picking up the steps!

Finally on closing night, Tina Shelley announced to all of us that after the show there would be a dance off between the stage managers. The show went really great that night and after the crowd cleared out and left we got the chance to sit in the audience and watch the stage crew battle it out onstage. It was a little shocking how well they did after having only three weeks to learn from a group of little girls. We also loved getting a chance to be in the audience after having put on a show ourselves for three weeks.

Ireland: The Dance Experience (Backstage Photos)

It was really exciting to see two people who normally stay backstage behind the curtain to light up and give all of us a great little show. After the dance off, both stage managers expressed an interest in continuing to learn Irish dance. I really hope they do, since most people take at least two months to pick up what they did in three weeks!

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

TAGS: scera, stage, manager, ireland, dance, irish, experience, competition, beginner, learn, video

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