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Penn Valley explores the world of Irish Dance
Penn Valley explores the world of Irish Dance

Penn Valley Elementary School recently welcomed the Darrah Carr Dance Company as part of their ongoing series of cultural enrichment assemblies sponsored by the Home & School Association (HSA).

Since 1998, the Bessie Award nominated Darrah Carr Dance Company has created a sensational and unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. The company draws from Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns to create high-energy, rhythmically-based work that is accessible to a broad audience. Artistic Director Darrah Carr calls her style ModERIN: a playful combination of the words "modern" and ERIN – an Irish-American reference to Ireland.

Throughout the assembly, members from the Darrah Carr Dance Company led an upbeat, fast-paced introduction to Irish dance and music including a discussion of its history, costumes and traditions. Their high-energy dance performance featured live music selections on the piano accordion, as well as audience participation, as students were invited on stage to learn traditional Irish dances. They also demonstrated both soft- and hard-shoe dance styles, and discussed and demonstrated such improvised instruments as the spoons and "mouth music."

To view a slideshow of pictures from throughout the assembly, click on the image below!


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