The Magic of Ireland is all about dancing

March 08, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Over time The Magic of Ireland dancers have adopted a mantra: "Give the people what they want."

And what people want is authenticity, said Peter Jacobs, executive producer of The Magic of Ireland, a touring dance company that specializes in traditional Irish dance. The real thing is what keeps Irish dance popular with audiences worldwide, he said.

And that's what The Magic of Ireland - a corps of eight dancers - intends to bring to a show Saturday at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Jacobs, 61, of London, said the nearly two-hour show will be packed with authentic and traditional Irish dance, an art form that has been progressively diluted since the Irish dance craze of the '90s.


"We don't have any gimmicks, there are no recordings," Jacobs said. "It's all dance. The intrigue is in the speed and precision."

The show will feature Kyle Cornell, who is replacing the original lead dancer Michael O'Goreman.

O'Goreman recently left the tour to pursue other interests, Jacobs said.

"It doesn't matter who's in the show as long as you give the people what they want," Jacobs said.

If you go ...

WHAT: The Magic of Ireland

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

COST: $45 and $50

MORE: For more information or tickets, call 301-790-2000.

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