Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular, lived up to its name at the recent Hot Springs Village Woodlands performance.
The troupe has been performing with a myriad of energetic dancers for five years and was organized by Justin Boros.
Boros was principal dancer for the evening, proving his experience as a former cast member of Riverdance.
Theme of the evening was ethereal Celtic good versus evil history told to perfection by over 20 dancers demonstrating flawless timing and technique. Costumes were unique and told the story of the Midnight Encounter and Celtic Storm.
The surround sound was spectacular and was backed by two talented violinists, Luka Keck and Tiffany Weiss.
Featured dancers included Eoin Halpin portraying the heroic challenger to Boros’ evil knight.
Dancing the role of the knight’s maiden was performed by Natalia Zaksukina. Representing the virtuous was Rebecca Kender.
Most Irish step dancing is known for the rigid upper body. A story is told that Irish dancers were brought to dance for Queen Elizabeth I, who reportedly enjoyed Irish jigs. The dancers, because the English had occupied Ireland, refused to raise their arms to her. They kept them rigidly by their sides dancing out of defiance. So the story goes.
Dancers on the Woodlands stage executed the traditional positions proficiently, along with adding some of the newer, ballet inspired movements.
Not only was the dancing dynamic, but accompanying orchestrated sound, live violins, and a commanding light show, offered an incredibly high standard of entertainment, bringing the audience to its feet.