Irish stepdancing has gained popularity in recent years. Ogunquit Performing Arts celebrates this unique dance form by presenting the renowned Stillson School of Irish Dance on Saturday March 12, 2016, 6:30 pm, at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit. The award-winning Stillson dancers, returning to Ogunquit by popular demand, will perform a brilliant array of jigs and reels, dressed in a variety of sparkling, colorful hand-made costumes.
At the end of the performance, the dancers will invite dancers of all ages to join them onstage to learn or try out some steps. A reception with refreshments will conclude the evening.
The Stillson School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Carlene Moran Stillson ADCRG/TCRG. She is accredited by Ad Coimisium in Dublin, Ireland and a member of IDTANA (Irish Dancing Teacher’s Association of North America). Carlene has a long tradition of dancing having started at age 4. She has competed in the New England Regional, North American, and World Championships.
In existence for twenty one years, the school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine and its dancers compete all over New England and place in the New England Regional Irish Dancing Championships annually, and in competitions around the world. In addition to the dance performance, Carlene Stillson will tell about the history of the dance and explain the reasons for the design of the many different costumes worn by the dancers.
The Stillson School of Irish Dance also has an active show team which has performed throughout New England as well as on the Elipse lawn of the White House. They have been featured dancers accompanying such renowned Celtic performers as Solas, Cherish the Ladies, Trinity Dance Company, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Mick Moloney, and Eileen Ivers.
The curtain time for this event is 6:30 pm with the performance of the Stillson Stepdancers followed by a reception to meet the dancers. Admission is $5 and payable at the door the evening of the performance. No advance sales. Mark your calendar: Irish Stepdancers–Saturday March 12, 2016, 6:30 pm, Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit, ME. There’s plenty of free parking.
Caption Photo 1: Dancers from the award-winning Stillson School of Irish Dance will perform traditioinal Irish stepdances in their various, colorful costumes at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit, Maine, Saturday evening March 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Admission: $5.00 payable at the door.