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Brian Cunningham Returns to Madison, Oct. 4th!

Exciting News! Irish sean-nós dancer Brian Cunningham is returning to Madison to give a dance workshop!

Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham

Brian dances in a loose Connemara style that is traditional and very exciting at the same time. The workshop is appropriate for all levels, including beginners with no prior experience.

What:   Sean-nós dance workshop with Brian Cunningham
When:  Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Time:   4:15pm – 6:15pm
Where: Express Yourself – 401 N. Lake St., Madison, WI
Who:    Anyone ages 12 and up.
Cost:   $20.00
RSVP: Reserve your spot by emailing Heidi Hakseth at hahakseth@gmail.com.

Brian is an internationally renown Irish sean-nós (or old style) step dancer who has done much to ignite a sean-nós dance revival. Brian began dancing at age 15. In the short time since then, he has become a 3-time winner of the Oireachtas na Samhna, 2-time winner of the Colin Shean Dara jig competition, and has performed in, choreographed and produced numerous shows. He’s even created a film, In the Blood, about the Cunningham family and their passion for preserving and promoting sean-nós dance (available for sale here). Most recently, Brian toured the United States in Atlantic Steps


While in Madison for Atlantic Steps, Brian was kind enough to teach us some sean-nós dancing last March. If you were there, you remember how much fun we had getting the steps and stories from Brian. If you are into Irish dance, tap dance, clogging or anything else where you get to make noise with your feet, sean-nós dance is right up your alley. You do not need prior dance experience to attend Brian’s workshop.

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Sean-nós workshop with Brian Cunningham & Kieran Jordan, March 2014

 

To learn more about Brian, please see his new website http://www.cunninghamdance.com

This workshop is made possible through the generous support of the Celtic Cultural Center of Madison, WI.

 

Ceili Time!

I’m super excited that there is going to be an Irish Fest in Madison this year. If it goes well, this could become an annual event so fingers are crossed. All are welcome to come down to the UW Memorial Union Terrace on Saturday, August 23rd, to do some ceili dancing at 4:30pm. Capital Ceili Band will be providing the music and they are great.

Haven’t danced before? That’s okay. I’ll be teaching all the dances. Don’t have a partner? That’s okay too! Oh, and this event is Free!

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My Irish Hard Shoe Dancers!

One of the studios where I teach hosted a recital this week. My adult Irish hard shoe students did a bang-up job (pun entirely intended). I don’t think I could be more proud of how far they progressed this semester. Some in the class had tap dance experience, or had done some Irish dance in the past. Others were only in their first or second semester of Irish dance ever, and yet they were able to pull this routine together nicely. They really are good.

Irish Sean-nós Dance Workshop with Kieran Jordan and Brian Cunningham!

 Irish Sean-nós Dance Workshop

With the creators of Atlantic Steps!

 

 Atlantic Steps

 

What: Irish sean-nós dance workshop with Kieran Jordan and Brian Cunningham

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 6-7pm Beginners; 7-8pm Continuing or Experienced Dancers

Where: Express Yourself Madison (401 N Lake St, Lower Level)

Cost: $15 for 1 hour; $20 for both hours

Who: Dancers of all levels and styles who want to try this fun and exciting dance form.

Registration: Please EMAIL to reserve your spot – hahakseth@gmail.com. Payment will be collected at the workshop.

 

Kieran Jordan and Brian Cunningham, Co-Directors of Atlantic Steps, are coming to Madison! And they’re going to teach us some sean-nós dance!  Ms. Jordan is a well-respected dancer, choreographer and teacher, and we are honored to have her. Mr. Cunningham will be familiar to Milwaukee Irish Fest attendees where he has taught classes and delighted audiences with his sean-nós dance performances for many years. Click on their names to read more about these incredible dancers.

What the heck is sean-nós dance? Sean-nós literally translates to “old style.” It is akin to clogging, tap dancing, and is the forerunner of modern Irish dance. It’s fast and exciting, but far less rigid than the modern stuff. Here, check out this video of the Atlantic Steps show: http://vimeo.com/69823191

 

This event is made possible through the support of the Madison Celtic Cultural Center (http://www.celticmadison.org).

 

*Get your tickets for Atlantic Steps coming to the Overture Center March 21st! For more show info and some great dance clips: http://www.atlanticsteps.com/

Giving Up or Going Beyond?

There is a blog post by Shawn Renee Lent that I just really love. Are you a dancer that gave up? In an art form that seems more and more focused on competition success followed by commercial success, it would be easy to think any dancer that doesn’t follow that path has given up on his or her dream. But what if the dream simply changes?

Check out the original blog post here: http://shawnlent.com/?p=1478

Getting the Most out of Private Dance Lessons

“Heidi, can I pay you to give me private lessons?” I have been asked this more than once by students in my group classes, typically on a night when we’ve done some particularly tricky moves. The short answer is “sure.” But most of these students don’t really know what they’re asking.

Who Benefits from Private Lessons? Read more

Audition – Dancers for show in Oct-Nov

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I am choreographing a play! I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll be needing some dancers, so please consider auditioning. Click the link above to see the entire notice.