Step-dancers to perform at fund-raiser

March 12, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"Footworks," an internationally recognized dance ensemble that played to packed houses in the State House on New Year's Eve, brings its step-dancing act to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts tomorrow as part of a fund-raiser for the Annapolis Chorale.

The group, which has appeared with the Riverdance troupe in England and Scotland, is to be joined by the Kevin Broesler School Irish Step Dancers and "Dark Horse," a step-dancing trio, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early.

"Footworks," which presents an array of traditional and contemporary percussive dances based on Appalachian clogging, was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to represent American culture in Japan.

Katy, Meghan and Erin Dublina and Erin Gargan, local teen-age Irish step dancers and students of the Kevin Broesler School, were the U.S. representatives last April in the World Championship of Irish Step Dancing in Ennis, Ireland. They were selected after competing in Atlanta with dancers from 15 states.

The Shipleys -- Rosie and brothers Peter and Trevor -- make up "Dark Horse." They grew up in Baltimore surrounded by traditional Irish music and dance and in Nova Scotia, home of the famous Cape Breton-style of Scottish traditional fiddle playing. "Dark Horse" has appeared at many festivals, including the Washington Irish Festival at Wolf Trap.

The dancing starts at 8 p.m. A silent auction, with food and drink available, starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20.

Information: 410-263-1906.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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