A wide range of dances and music will be on offer when Tara School of Irish Dancing returns to the Tidemark Theatre stage for a pair of shows Saturday

Tara treats with a taste of Ireland

Local dance school to present pair of shows at Tidemark Theatre May 23

The glorious legacy of Irish art and literature is the inspiration for The Tara School of Irish Dancing’s presentation of “Come Dance with Me in Ireland”.

This two-hour Irish Dance production will take the Tidemark Theatre stage Saturday, May 23, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Now in its tenth year in Campbell River, The Tara School of Irish Dancing has produced annual Tidemark Theatre dance shows and has developed a reputation for stirring, professional productions.  “Come Dance with Me in Ireland” will be no exception. Dancers ranging in age from five years to adult will portray the poetry and beauty of Ireland in graceful, flowing soft-shoe dancing and rhythmic hard-shoe.

All choreographies are the original work of Dance Director, Margaret Mullen, who found additional inspiration for the show during her recent visit to the World Championships of Irish Dancing held in Montreal over Easter week.

Guest artist Doug Folkins, will join the dancers for a lively, “Dance in Brennan’s Barn” segment featuring the intricate Sean Nos traditional-style “Brush Dance”. Folkins, a popular Campbell River singer/songwriter and storyteller with a Celtic/Country twist, will entertain with a selection of Irish medleys. He is perfectly happy to sing for friends at a kitchen party or down at the local pub, but he has also set his sights on becoming a renowned songwriter, crafting hits for other artists.

“Come Dance with Me in Ireland” promises to be a lively show which will bring the beauty and joy of Irish literature, music and dance into the hearts of the audience. Irish music and dance have universal appeal, so bring the whole family and take advantage of the group rates offered.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and children for the evening show. All tickets are $15 for the afternoon matinee. Group specials include buy six, get one free; and buy eight, get two free. Tickets are available through the Tidemark Theatre Box Office, 250-287-7465.