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‘Modern take on tradition creates iconic dance’

About 15 years ago,
Caterina Coyne  thought her dancing days
would end once
competitions were over.

Interview by www.joplinglobe.com
JOPLIN, Missouri

I started dancing
when I was 4
Coyne said. “
I danced competitively for many years.
At that time, there was nothing to do after competitons.
Then Riverdance came on the scene.”

Now entering its 16th year, Riverdance is a blend of culture, music and Irish dancing that has inspired imitators and spawned careers.
(Chicago native Michael Flatley released his “Lord of the Dance” after his time with Riverdance).

A Riverdance touring company will perform in Joplin as part of its North American tour.

Coyne is the lead female dancer for the North American troupe. She said the production’s iconic dancing is a modernization of traditional Irish dancing — a cross between ballet and tap dancing, she said.

“When I was taught to dance, I was taught to keep my arms at my side,” Coyne said. “Riverdance changed that. We use our arms in the show.”

The show features Grammy-winning music composed by Bill Whelan and a troupe of more than 60 dancers, singers and musicians.

A show isn’t limited to all things Irish — one of the more interesting numbers features a combination with flamenco dancing. Musicians also take the stage — a drum solo features the traditional bodhran drum.

But the show has also become an icon for Irish tradition with its compelling music and dazzling spectacle.

“I think the music and energy from the show is what gets people,” Coyne said. “It’s extremely passionate and lively.”

Want to go?

Check out Riverdance USA Tour

Meet Caterina Coyne and the Riverdance Cast- Check out THE CAST – USA TOUR

`Bri A.O. Haley
January 24, 2011

Riverdance is where emotions collides in a flurry of sparks and flashes as passion, dedication, disipline, control, grace and eloquence burst into floral of beauty, talent, and music!!!

John Meyer
January 24, 2011

Been to Riverdance before and it was unbelievable. Have tickets already for the next time it is in my area. I could easily watch it over and over again there is so much going on onstage you can’t catch it all with seeing it just once.

Rick M
January 24, 2011

I am truly forward in seeing Riverdance here in Milwaukee, WI on Friday February 4th. I have seen Riverdance many times here in Milwaukee, Chicago and NYC when it was appearing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. As many times as I have seen Riverdance it never is a boring show. Riverdance remains a favorite among myself!

Vera Abbott
January 26, 2011

I will finally get to see Riverdance live in May, and I am SO looking forward to it! At last, in person. I can already hear the beat of “Reel around the Sun.”

Edward Apodaca
January 27, 2011

I was at the very first show in Dublin, and many, many shows since. I have seen at least 15 shows or more, through the years. What can I say that hasn’t already been said.!! Pure perfection and unbelieveable talent. The last show I attended was at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fl. 4-2010, and in Naples, Fl. 2-2009. I hope to see you again this year if you plan on Fl. being part of this years tour. Again unbelieveable talent and total perfecton in every aspect!!!!!!

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