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Irish dancers to step lively on St. Patrick’s Day

Tara School of Irish Dancing books series of local performances to mark holiday

The Tara School of Irish Dancing will step lively into St. Patrick’s Day with a series of performances March 14, 15 and 17 in Campbell River.

The brief but ambitious tour kicks off with a dance performances Saturday, March 14, at the Royal Canadian Legion Irish Dinner and, afterward, at the St. Patrick’s Parish annual dinner and dance.

On Sunday, March 15, the troupe moves on to the Maritime Heritage Centre for a pair of afternoon tea performances. The Centre will host two sittings of tea, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., during which guests will be entertained by the dancers while enjoying tea with scones, fresh cream, jam and other tea-time treats in the oceanfront setting.

Finally, the Tara School dancers wrap up on St. Paddy’s Day itself, Tuesday, March 17, with three more dance performances. At midday they’ll be at the Campbell River Adult Care Centre, then move down the road for shows at the Comox Valley Seniors Village and Glacier View Seniors Home.

The dancers will take a well-earned rest over Spring Break while dance director Margaret Mullen travels to Montreal for the World Championships of Irish Dancing. This is the first time the World Championships have been held in Canada, and Mullen has been honoured by the Irish Dancing Commission as one of four `Legends of Canada` from the Western Canada Region.