BRT offers adult beginner Irish step dance class

BRT offers adult beginner Irish step dance class

CUMBERLAND – As part of their Heritage Arts Studio initiative, Blackstone River Theatre will offer a six-week session of classes in beginner Irish step dance at the theatre, 549 Broad St. The class will be taught in a group setting by instructor Kevin Doyle and it is designed for adults and older teens.

The class will be held on Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 8, 15, 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $90. Participants will explore some close-to-the-ground rhythms of beginner Irish step dance and learn some steps of the jigs and reels that his mother brought with her from County Roscommon.

The class is designed to be low impact and lots of fun. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing. No special shoes are needed for this beginner level class.

Doyle is a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He achieved this highest honor awarded to an American traditional artist as a dancer devoted to and inspired by steps brought to the United States by his Irish-born mother in the 1930s. A lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of “close to the ground” rhythms and intricate foot work as an artist, a choreographer, producer, and teacher. He was a longtime member of Pendragon.

For class registration or more information email russell@riverfolk.org .