The Springfield group made
their first appearance by performing at the Celtic Gathering 1998
in Springfield. Since that first performance the Celtic Fire
Dance Company have performed in several community events annually, such as Artsfest and the Multicultural Performance held on stage at
the Juanita K. Hammons Hall of the Performing Arts.
Presently Celtic Fire is celebrating it's 10th year as of
2008. They have performed countless times for festivals and events,
including performances with the
Members of the group have also performed in Japan in 2001, and have been invited
back for the summer of 2008.
The group enjoys dances such
as the "Siege of Ennis", "Siege of
Carrick", Bonfire, The Fairy Reel, and The Walls Of Limerick. They also have several choreographed routines of
their own. This company has lots of energy and fun. Ages range from
7 years old to 40 plus!
New members are taught 7's
and 3's, as well as the Promenade step for Soft Shoe and Reel
steps for Hard Shoe.
Members of the group attend
all available performances to watch Irish Dance including River
Dance in St. Louis, Trinity Irish Dancers in Springfield (3rd
time in Springfield) and Lord of Dance in Branson (Feb 99).
The Celtic Fire Irish Dance
Company has their own Irish musician and Storyteller -
Also we have a bagpiper, guitarist, whistle, and vocal
musician. Beau Buffington provides us
with great sounds, along with a few of the other students that have the same
talent for Irish music.
To stop confusion to the reader, clogging is not
Irish dance. Although you will find Irish influence within clogging.
Clogging is a mixture of Irish, Scottish, English, Canadian, and many other
influences, and is a rapid ever changing dance today. On the other
hand, Irish dance is a "parental" dance coming direct from the Celtic culture,
and the traditional part of Irish dance has virtually remained unchanged for
centuries. While the onset of dance troupes, such as Riverdance and Lord
of The Dance, it has somewhat altered some steps and the type of music, it's
traditional version is still steady today as it has been in history.
Through time and lost information, even the purest of dance will change some,