This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show. Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field. The show features a live band, three tenors & some 22 dancers. Be sure to experience Rhythm of the Dance when it performs in a venue near you. You'll be very glad you did! 4.5 million fans can't be wrong!!
Origins of the Show
From the creation of Rhythm of the Dance in 1998 (initially the show was set up for a 3 week tour of the United States) it has toured consistently internationally and is achieving greater critical acclaim year after year.
This wonderful show continues to evolve thanks to the constant striving for perfection by its Director/Producer, choreographer and composer to keep the show fresh and interesting so that audiences who attend performances regularly will always find some new and exciting elements within the programme.
With a wonderful, gifted young cast of dancers, musicians and 3 Irish tenors, featuring live performances from the entire troupe, this is a show that has won critical acclaim across 4 continents of the world in 36 countries to over 7 million fans. And now after 17 Years of showcasing the very best in Irish dance to the world, the show has undergone a process of renewal, re-invigerating the choreography and music to create an even more spectacular performance. Producer Kieran Cavanagh is very excited about the updated format of the show, he hopes that Rhythm of the Dance will be a breathe of fresh air into Irish dance with this traditionally rooted and authentic production.
China Shenzhen City Eve of the new Millennium
EARTH DOME, with a live audience the show was beamed to over 750 million viewers on syndicated National Television.
Voted Best Irish Dance Show, presentation of the award to Kieran Cavanagh Director/Producer ROTD was made by actors Stephanie Powers (Hart to Hart) and Michael York. (Kieran and the shows lead dancers flew to Poland from an Australian tour to accept the award and immediately afterwards returned to Oz to continue the tour).
France, Paris 2003
Palais de Congress sold out for Rhythm of the Dance.
Bangalore National Park, Rhythm of the Dance performed to an audience of 10,000 people for a benefit concert in aid of Mother Theresa Orphanage there.
By invitation of the Greek Government Rhythm of the Dance performed in the Acropolis, Athens to an audience of 5,000 people.
Kremlin Palace Theatre, Rhythm of the Dance performed daily concerts for one week
Dollywood, Tennessee, USA 2007, 2008 and 2015
Rhythm of the Dance were honored with full houses for the entire run in Dolly Parton’s theme park. But the day in 2007 that Dolly and Rhythm of the Dance performed together to an invited audience of 1,000 media journalists was the most memorable event of our stay. Dolly sang “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” with Rhythm of the Dance’s own 3 Irish tenors and along with Rhythm’s cast of dancers Dolly performed a rousing version of her own composition“We Irish”. It brought the house down!
10TH Anniversary World Tour. 2009-2010
2009 began the 10th anniversary world tour of Rhythm of the Dance, playing over 250 venues in 17 countries, meeting with high praise from fans and supporters at every stop along the way.
Rhythm of the Dance sells out the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
It was a massive honour to be allowed to play this historic and symbolic venue, and a massive delight to have entertained and enthralled the capacity audience.
In 2011 Rhythm recorded a feature length special for PBS in the USA. Recorded on stage in Amsterdam and on location at some of Irelands’ most scenic and magical locations.
15TH Anniversary World Tour. 2014-2015
Rhythm of the Dance embarked on an expansive tour to celebrate the 15th year of performing our show, playing to packed houses and delighted audiences across North America and Europe.
Closing Ceremony of inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan.
Rhythm of the Dance had the great honor to perform at the closing ceremony of the first ever European Summer Games in Baku Azerbaijan 2015.