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Irish music, dance extravaganza high steps into Bristol's Paramount

staff report • Feb 9, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Rhythm of the Dance is a two-hour dance and musical extravaganza that contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including the Celtic Sopranos and a seanos dance — an older style of traditional solo Irish dance.

The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history.

Rhythm of the Dance will be performed at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol on Feb. 16. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $32 for seniors, $23.50 for students and $30.50 for groups of six or more.

Using music and both the traditional and modern arts of dance, including ballet, modern dance and jazz, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient.

Produced in Ireland, the show combines traditional Irish dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology. It is a 1,000-year-old story executed with all the advantages of the modern-day stage show.

Since its debut performance in 1999 on a stage in Norway, Rhythm of the Dance has played to over five million fans in 33 countries worldwide and, along with River Dance — with which it is often compared — has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment.

Produced by Kieran Cavanagh, Rhythm of the Dance features lead dancer Nicola Kennedy.

Hailing from Belfast, Ireland, Kennedy started dancing at the age of 4 and was a member of the Maura McGowan School of Irish Dancing, where she competed and consistently placed in the top five in all major championships.

Kennedy joined Rhythm of the Dance in 2005 and has toured extensively throughout America, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Rhythm of the Dance is choreographed by Doireann Carney, with Carl Hession composing the music.

For more information or to order tickets, visit http://theparamountcenter.com or call (423) 274-8920.

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