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Murphy’s Irish Dance Performance

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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The amazing dancers from Murphy Irish Arts Center treated us to a performance. We loved the impressive display of tradition and footwork. 

About Irish Dancing:
Irish dance or Irish dancing is a group of traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, encompassing dancing both solo and in groups, and dancing for social, competitive, and performance purposes. Irish dance in its current form developed from various influences such as French quadrilles and English country dancing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Dance was taught by “travelling dance masters” across Ireland throughout this period, and separate dance forms developed according to regional practice and differing purposes. Irish dance became a significant part of Irish culture, particularly for Irish nationalist movements. From the early 20th century, a number of organizations promoted and codified the various forms of dance, creating competitive structures and standardized styles.

Solo Irish dance includes the most well-known form of Irish dance, Irish step dance, which was popularized from 1994 onwards by dance shows such as Riverdance, and which is practiced competitively across the Irish diaspora. Step dance is characterized by the rigid upper body and intricate footwork of its performers. Other forms of solo Irish dance include sean-nós dance, a relaxed and social dance style involving improvised steps, and festival Irish dance, a style which separated from step dance in the mid-20th century.

Irish dancing in groups is made up of a number of styles and traditions, which developed from French and English dances and formations. Ceili dance, practiced both competitively and socially, is performed by groups of two to sixteen people, and often uses traditional or codified dances and formations. Its footwork is simple, and emphasis is placed on the figures and formations of the dances. Set dance is primarily a social tradition, for groups of four dancers, and includes elements of the intricate footwork found in step dance.

This performance was made possible thanks to Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Jennings has received a grant award from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC) of $9,730 for arts and culture funding. Jennings submitted an application for project support in the most recent grant cycle, and the funding will be used for Jennings’ Gateway to Culture programs in 2017. CAC announced that it will invest $14,573,833 in grants to 241 nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga County through its 2017 grant programs. The grants, which will support arts and cultural organizations and projects of all sizes throughout Cuyahoga County in 2017, were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its public meeting and celebration on Monday, November 14.

“Every person has the ability to have artistic qualities, and funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture enables us help to them express themselves,” said Danielle Paluscsak, Director of Life Enrichment at Jennings. “Some individuals have a difficult time accessing traditional venues for lifelong learning, art and culture as they age, so we are happy to have the opportunity to provide programs for all people to enjoy and express themselves.”

 “Cuyahoga Arts & Culture congratulates our newest grant recipients,” said Joseph P. Gibbons, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to help these organizations connect to residents and deliver vibrant, fun and thought-provoking arts and culture experiences in all corners of our county for the coming year.”

CAC’s General Operating Support program provides meaningful, multiyear core support grants to arts and cultural organizations based in and serving Cuyahoga County. Grants range from $10,500 to $1.5 million and support nonprofits with a primary mission to provide arts or cultural services for the public.

The Project Support grant program promotes and encourages the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting projects both large and small throughout Cuyahoga County. Grants range from $1,500 to $35,000 and support a wide variety of programs and events.

“We’re thrilled that our Project Support program continues to grow,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CAC’s CEO + executive director. “By making these investments, CAC is helping this diverse group of organizations make meaningful connections with residents in all parts of our county. Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!”

Visit for additional information.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders of arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2007, CAC has invested more than $154 million in more than 300 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

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