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ADULT BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE WORKSHOPS

UPDATED 08/9/2022

There are two Irish dance for beginner adults workshops scheduled Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. We will announce a six-week class for early winter 2023 soon. Email russell@riverfolk.org if you may be interested!

NOTE: Beginning 04/01/22, Blackstone River Theatre no longer requires masks or proof of vaccination status. If you wish to still wear a mask that is of course totally fine! By attending a Blackstone River Theatre class, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Blackstone River Theatre will continue to monitor our COVID policy and make changes as needed.

Blackstone River Theatre will offer two 60-minute workshops in IRISH STEP DANCE FOR BEGINNER ADULTS with instructor Kevin Doyle on Oct. 22 AND November 19, from 1:00-2:00 PM. Sign up for one or both! Both of these group workshops are geared towards total beginner adults and needs a minimum of seven students, with a maximum of 15. Fee is $20 per student per workshop. Pre-payment necessary! Come and explore some close-to-the-ground rhythms of beginner Irish step dance with instructor Kevin Doyle as you will learn some steps of the jigs and reels that his mother brought with her from County Roscommon. The workshop is designed to be low impact and lots of fun and will allow you to start to learn this wonderful dance form in hopes that you’ll join a series of 6-class sessions that will be offered in Winter, 2023. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. No special shoes are need for this beginner level class.

Kevin 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 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 long-time member of Pendragon and currently leads Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles while being a guest dancer with several internationally-known Irish groups. Doyle's regional and national work includes Brian O'Donovan's Christmas & St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn.
 
HOW TO REGISTER 
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in the adult beginner Irish step class, please:
1. E-mail russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864