Provided by Rhythm of Ireland
Rhythm of Ireland dancers, shown last year, will perform at the SCERA Center through Saturday night. White Peaks Centennial Pipe Band from Payson and the Harvest Home musicians also will perform.
RHYTHM OF IRELAND: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem; through Jan 12; (225-2569). Running time: 90 minutes (one 15-minute intermission).

OREM — Home-grown entertainment continues with traditional Irish dancing by the Rhythm of Ireland and local musicians, including bagpipers from Payson.

The delightful, high-energy troupe of young girls from Utah and Salt Lake counties gives audiences quality entertainment.

Their feet did the singing on opening night as their curls bobbed up and down. At one point one girl's hair extensionbobbed off, landing in the center as they formed a ring. But the girl didn't miss a beat and eventually kicked it off stage, much to the delight of the audience.

White Peaks Centennial Pipe Band from Payson joined in the performance, along with a program called Cailin Deas Cruite na mBo, with the six-piece Harvest Home musicians playing Irish music. Joe Perry broke in a new set of Uilleann pipes with his solo performance.

At one point, when it appeared he was having trouble with them, he asked the audience, "Can you clap?"

The audience broke out in applause.

"I mean to the beat," he said.

White Peaks performed its traditional march tunes and 2007 competition medley, while soloist Katie Register sang the Irish anthem a cappella.

Midway through the program, younger dancers, elementary school age, performed their "Wee Little Leprechauns" number.

The Rhythm of Ireland is made up of two schools of Irish dance, with the children from the Utah County-based Shelley School of Irish Dance doing most of the child performances, and the Salt Lake-based Crawford School performing Saturday.

The two-act performance recalled the history of Irish dance with precision and humor, ending with stellar hardshoe rhythmic performances reminiscent of the popular Riverdance professional Irish dance group.

Dance instructors Tina Shelley and Jill Crawford did the choreography.

The colorfully costumed dancers, mostly young teens, perform at corporate events, theaters and Utah high school auditoriums and festivals throughout the year, while also competing with other dance schools. Several open-championship dancers are in the SCERA performance.

Performances are at 7:30 tonight, Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 3-11. Phone 225-2569 for tickets or information or go to

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