Wilson County students Olivia Rush, 9, Kaitlyn Szkwarok, 9, Hannah Frattini, 10, Sammie Hite, 10, Mary-Cate McNamara, 12, Emma Helton, 12, and Brianna Burch, 17 will dance in the show St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The Nashville Irish Step Dancers is a “full-service” Irish dance school, offering the many aspects of Irish dance including all levels of competition, solo and team dancing, performances, learning the tradition of the Irish culture and having a great time.
“I have been Irish dancing over half of my life,” Burch said. “It’s so different and unique…I’ve though about trying other sports, but I haven’t wanted to do anything else because people love watching it, and I love doing it. If I am having a bad day, I can come in and forget all about it because I love to dance so much.”
The school is under direction of certified Irish step dance teacher, Mary Moran, who celebrates her 26th anniversary in business this year. Moran established the first Irish Step Dance School in Nashville in 1990 and has helped cultivate and promote the Irish culture and art form.
The Celtic Rhythms of Fire is the crown jewel of the Nashville Irish Step Dancers history.
Celtic Rhythms on Fire is a celebration of rich, vibrant artistry of Irish culture and, in a larger sense, the fiery spirit of the Irish heritage, Moran said.
She said the show will highlight not only traditional pieces such as the jig and treble reel, but also explores more progressive styles of Irish dance and music.
“It will feature songs like ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Shut up and Dance,’” said Moran, “things that kids can relate to…things that the kids hear on the radio.”
The music and dance production is an ensemble of all the dancers at the school from the beginners to champion-level dancers.
“I have been dancing for about a year and half,” said Frattini. “Ms. Mary is so nice, and dancing is so fun, that I don’t ever want to quit until I achieve all my goals.”
The band The Box Elders, which play at McNamara’s Pub, will play authentic Irish music for the dancers.
“So it will have that real authentic Irish pub feel to it,” said Moran.