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Young Irish dancers delight in Riverdance’s return to Calgary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jenni O’Nyons   
Saturday, 23 April 2011 15:27

Famed show comes to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Sarah Dyack is taking her son, Will, 7, to watch Riverdance for the first time.The famous show has been performed over 10,000 times to more than 22 million people worldwide. Dyack, who has never seen the show live, says, “I’m really looking forward to the performance, and I think Will is going to love it.”

Now living in Calgary, Dyack says she thinks the fact her son was born in Nova Scotia and was surrounded by Celtic music, is one of the reasons he likes Irish dance. She jokes that the attention he gets from the girls in his dance class also helps.

Karen Hotchkiss’ two daughters have been taking Irish dance classes for four years. She says that she put the girls in the class because she thought it would be great exercise and would build self-confidence. Hotchkiss says she likes the fact that the girls are a part of a close group of friends outside of school.

Riverdance will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium April 19 – 24.
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She says Annie, 13, and Grace, 11, are excited to watch Riverdance for the third time. The last time the girls went to see the show “they were thrilled and captivated.”

“They were glued on the lead females the whole time,” she adds.

Chloey Turner will be one of the dancers the girls will fix their gaze on this year. Turner has been with Riverdance since 2008 and has travelled extensively with the company.

The English-born dancer has been Irish dancing since she was eight years old. “I tried other forms of dance like ballet, modern and tap, but they never stuck,” she says.

She says she was drawn to Riverdance after seeing it on television and then watching it live as a child. She says she likes the fact that Irish dance is a high-energy discipline.

"I like hard work and enjoy the challenge."

Turner says performing the same show eight times a week never gets boring because performing in Riverdance is what all Irish dancers aim for.

Even though the steps don’t change, Turner says the change in costumes, set and lighting keep things interesting and different.

Due to her extensive stage experience, she says she doesn’t get as anxious before a show as she did when she was younger. However, Turner does admit to suffering from some nerves before hitting the stage.

However, it is more than likely that her adoring young fans Annie and Grace won’t notice.