In this concert, Border CrosSing will collaborate with ¡Ándale Juana! and renowned specialist on Irish traditional music Norah Rendell. "San Patricio" follows the story of the Saint Patrick's Battalion, a group of Irish deserters who fought for the Mexican side in the Mexican-American war, as well as little-known stories related to their journey -- such as their possible role in the popularization of the word "Gringo" in Mexico and the unexpected origin of a popular Christmas Carol. The music from this concert will include songs from this period, traditional Irish and Mexican tunes, and choral works connected to Mexico, Ireland, and the United States to tell this story, including beloved choral works by Barber, Pärt, and Stanford. Bilingual (Spanish-English) pre-concert conversation with our artistic director Ahmed Anzaldúa starting at 7:30 PM.
Here is the full listing of Irish social dancing opportunities in the Twin Cities. It's a whole lot of fun, it's great exercise, and to whichever of these places you go, you'll be dancing with a lot of really nice people. Come by yourself and make new friends, or bring a friend or several.
Wednesday night Irish ceili dance class Learn the basic steps, and then join in the dances. Free.
Dubliner Irish Pub - 2162 University Avenue in Saint Paul. Learn Irish dancing in a genuine Irish Pub with a wooden floor that has known a whole lot of dancing feet. Steps and dances are taught by Paul McCluskey and friends. The class runs from 7:30 to 9:30, with more dancing after-ward to live music.
Regular monthly ceili dances Whether you've learned the steps and dances at any of the above classes, or are a complete novice, you are welcome to join the fun with live traditional Irish music provided by our very fine local musicians. Each dance we do is taught by the caller, and there are always plenty of experienced dancers to help newcomers along. We love newcomers - this is a non-scowling activity.
Third Saturday Night Ceiliwith the Twin Cities Ceili Band - The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. No, St. Paul, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.Dances taught and called by Mike Whalen and Paul McCluskey.Admission $5, $20 maximum per family. Days may vary from month to month - check the Celtic Junction website (www.CelticJunction.org) to confirm the date.
The Irish Music and Dance Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.