Get into the rhythm of the Emerald Isle

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Irish dance fever will fill the Grand this autumn as a company of dancers test the strength of the famous 
theatre’s stage.

The National Dance Company of Ireland will present Rhythm Of The Dance, celebrating the country’s rich history and the art of Irish dancing, on September 9 and 10.

The troupe, accompanied by The Young Irish Tenors, are touring the UK this summer showing off the disciplined tradition of the Celtic Step and the sensual moves of the Sean Nos dance.

In 15 years of performing, the company has travelled the world and been seen by almost five million people in 59 countries, but have rarely visited the UK. Now, led by Marty McKay, who danced in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, they are celebrating a renewed vigour in Irish culture, embracing the traditional and the current, presenting dance, song, and musical performances in a pure style.

The cast of 19 dancers, five musicians, and three singers are described as a travelling carnival of working class Irish talents, most of whom have been performing since they were four or five years old.

And The Young Irish Tenors are accompanied by the musicians on stage, who play on rare musical instruments such as the Celtic bouzouki, the cittern, the octave mandolin, the melodeon (Irish accordion), tea whistle and pennywhistle flutes, century-old harps, banjos, fiddles, 
guitars and various hand drums.

Rhythm of The Dance plays at the Grand Theatre, on Church Street, Blackpool, on September 9 and 10, nightly at 7.30pm.

To book, call the box office on (01253) 743339 or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk