Riverdance Animated Film 

Riverdance The Movie is in production in Montreal, Canada, but the film's voice cast has yet to be revealed.

Inspired by the multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning phenomenon, Riverdance, the animated musicial comedy will reintroduce the legendary stage show to a new generation in a way never before seen or experienced.

The story follows a young Irish boy, Keegan, and his Spanish friend, Moya, on a magical journey where they meet Patrick the Megaloceros Giganteus.  Thoughout the film Keegan and Moya learn to appreciate Riverdance as a celebration of life.  

The Irish Dancing industry is abuzz with the news of this animated film as it is a way to create more awareness about the beautiful art of Irish Dance with a new generation of young children.

"This is very significant for the industry," shares Denise Keane, Publisher of Irish Dancing Magazine. "25 years ago when Riverdance debuted, it drove a tremendous amount of growth and interest in the Irish arts and particularly Irish Dance and Irish Trad music. I am absolutely delighted to see Riverdance, once again, reaching out to a new generation in a creative and fun way."  

The website for the film,  https://riverdancemovie.com/ has an active augmented reality (AR) filter that allows you to dance along in a Riverdance line with Patrick.

Irish Dancers Collaborate to “Be the Voice” in Support of Mental Health Awareness

Over 50 Irish dance students from the Washington D. C. area collaborated with Fusion Fighters, to create “Be the Voice”, a dance video raising mental health awareness and support for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

World Champion Mairead Trainor take the leads in "Be the Voice" 

The AFSP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, through education, community programs, research, and advocacy.

“This year I learned that one of my close friends had been struggling for years with severe depression and thoughts of suicide,” said Sophia Rankin, student of the McGrath Morgan Academy in Maryland/Virginia and an event organizer. 

“My friend stayed silent out of shame and fear of rejection.  I hope with ‘Be the Voice’ we can end the stigma and encourage people to talk about mental health, because it impacts all of us.” 

Sophia was inspired to work develop this project with dancer Shawn Dongieux in support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  

 

pictured: Shawn and Sophia who hope to end the stigma associated with mental health issues

...IN CHICAGO, WITH ADDITIONAL PREMIERS IN NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA

AUDITIONS OPEN FOR A SUMMER TOUR OF JAPAN AND BEYOND!

World Premieres to include ‘Listen’ by Irish national treasure, Colin Dunne

 

Photo by Lois Greenfield

 

Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is bringing its unique form of progressive Irish Dance to prestigious venues across the US this spring, including Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on February 29th, New York’s Queens Theatre March 7th and 8th, and Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center March 27th and 28th. Called “impossibly complex” by The New York Times and “sophisticated and commanding” by the Los Angeles Times, this company of elite performing artists from across North America presents both classic and groundbreaking world premiere works.

Founded in 1990, TIDC is a contemporary, Irish-American performing arts company that pushes the boundaries of Irish Dance in an integrity-filled way without losing touch with its rich traditions. Through a unique blend of uncompromising power and grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment, consistently presenting males and females on equal footing.

“The women of TIDC don’t only get to make noise,” says Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy. “We’re expected to make noise.”