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Embassy Festival, 4-5 September 2020

This year’s Embassy Festival was an online festival. Like previous years, the Kilkenny School of Irish Dance was asked to participate, and the performance was filmed by the filmmakers of the Embassy Festival in front of the Hofvijver and Binnenhof in The Hague. Please check out the performance on the Festival’s website.

We were also featured in the ‘Haagsche Courant’ newspaper!

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Gluren bij de Buren Festival Den Haag, 9 February 2020

On the 9th of February 2020 dancers from the Kilkenny School of Irish Dance performed during the ‘Gluren bij de Buren’ Festival in The Hague. ‘Gluren bij de Buren’ translates to ‘Peeking in on the neighbours’. During this festival people open their houses and turn their living rooms into small stages, for an afternoon of performances (music, dance, theatre etc). Members of the public then walk around the town and select which performances they would like to see. We held three sessions of Irish Dancing, and had a full living room with over 30 guests for each session.

Photo credit: Frank Jansen

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De Betovering festival (cancelled due to Covid-19)

After a successful Betovering festival in 2019, Kilkenny School of Irish Dance is excied to annouce that we are again part of the Betovering Festival. Come and try some Irish Dancing during the Festival in the autumn break!
Irish Dancing became known in the Netherlands after the Riverdance show during the Eurovision Songfestival in 1994, but Irish Dancing itself goes back many centuries and can be done in many different forms and styles. Most important is the footwork, which is often amazingly fast. And at the same time you have to try and keep your upper body and arms straight! During this workshop you’ll be introduced to a number of styles with the so-called ‘soft shoe’ and ‘hard shoe (a kind of tap dance shoe), there will be demo’s and you’ll get a chance to learn a few basic dance steps yourself. Please check the programme at www.debetovering.nl and register for one of the Irish Dance workshops on Wednesday 21 October and Thursday 22 2020.

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Iers dans workshop tijdens de Betovering Festival

Kom Iers dansen tijdens ‘De Betovering’ in de herfstvakantie! Ierse dans is in Nederland vooral bekend geworden na de Riverdance show tijdens  het Eurovisie Songfestival in 1994, maar het Ierse dansen zelf  is al eeuwen oud en bestaat uit verschillende vormen en stijlen. Het belangrijkste bij Iers dansen is toch wel het voetenwerk, wat vaak razend snel gaat. En probeer dan tegelijkertijd maar eens je bovenlichaam en armen still te houden! Tijdens deze workshop maak je kennis met een aantal dansvormen met de zogenaamde ‘soft shoe’ en de ‘hard shoe’ (een soort tapdance schoen), er worden demo’s gegeven en je krijgt zelf ook les in een aantal basispassen. Check het programma op www.debetovering.nl en meld je via onderstaand formulier aan voor een van de Ierse Dans workshops (op 23 of 24 oktober 2019).

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Irish Dance workshops at De Betovering festival

Come and try some Irish Dancing during ‘The Enchantment’ Festival in the autumn break! Irish Dancing became known in the Netherlands after the Riverdance show during the Eurovision Songfestival in 1994, but Irish Dancing itself goes back many centuries and can be done in many different forms and styles. Most important is the footwork, which is often amazingly fast. And at the same time you have to try and keep your upper body and arms straight! During this workshop you’ll be introduced to a number of styles with the so-called ‘soft shoe’ and ‘hard shoe (a kind of tap dance shoe), there will be demo’s and you’ll get a chance to learn a few basic dance steps yourself. Please check the programme at www.debetovering.nl and register for one of the Irish Dance workshops (on 23 or 24 October 2019) below.

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St Patrick Day 2019

From our smallest Beginners to our World Qualifiers, team Kilkenny brought the house down with their performance at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on the Grote Markt in The Hague. It’s wonderful to see The Hague embracing the Irish culture, and it is a highlight for both dancers and teachers every year.

Thanks to the Irish Club Netherlands and the Grote Markt for organzing and hosting such a fantastic event. We are already looking forward to next year’s performance.

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Feel@Home

On Sunday the 3rd of February a diverse group of Kilkenny Dancers -ranging from our youngest beginners to some of our Open Championship dancers- demonstrated their Irish dancing skills to the visitors of the Feel At Home Fair in the City Hall of The Hague. They started with an a capella hard shoe routine, followed by jigs, reels and traditional set dances, giving the international audience a good insight into the different flavors and various techniques of Irish dance.

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