First of all, full credit for today’s topic goes to Katherine Deane. Without her, I would never have thought of it, even though it has some of the finest music and dance our country has to offer. On July 21 in Dublin, aa new world record was set of the longest Riverdance, with 1693 people participating and including people from 44 countries. We took the record back from Nashville, Tennessee. And it was only fitting to bring the record to Ireland, the origin of the dance.
I remember so well when this phenomenon was unveiled in the Eurovision song contest in 1994, as entertainment for the interval. The performance started with an incredibly haunting song and Jean Butler comes on, performing a stunning Irish dance. The music livens up. And Michael Flatley performs a hard shoe tap, sounds cool but even that doesn’t prepare you for what’s to come.
Gradually the stage fills up with more and more dancers performing tap. The sound it produced was electric. The chemistry between Butler and Flatley was explosive. It was just incredible. Excitement fizzed through my veins. I doubt there was a single Irish person who wasn’t filled with a huge sense of national pride as knowing this was being projected to all of Europe.
Instead of me waxing lyrical about something that was a visual and audio feast, why not click on the link and see it for yourself.
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