It doesn't get much better than this -- combining Irish dance and figure skating! Thanks to NBC and the Hallmark Channel, we get to enjoy some of the world's best performers. Check out a preview on YouTube:
RIVERDANCE as it’s never been seen before! Be prepared to be swept away by the sights and sounds of RIVERDANCE On Ice! Now, the Irish Dance spectacular joins forces with a cast of Olympic, World and National champion figure skaters for this NBC Sports Television Special to air Saturday, February 19 from 4 to 6PM EST (check local listings) on NBC. The program will be rebroadcast on the Hallmark Channel on March 15 from 6 to 8PM EST and on March 21 from 1 to 3PM EST.
RIVERDANCE- On Ice was performed live with an audience in the Fall of 2010 at the Tsongas Center at UMass in Lowell, MA. The internationally-acclaimed company of brilliant dancers, singers and musicians performed on a specially-designed stage simultaneously with the choreographed skaters on the ice, all to the magic of Bill Whelan’s Grammy Award-winning music.
The skaters are: 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2009 World Silver Medalist Joannie Rochette, 2008 World Champion and 2006 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeffrey Buttle, 2006 Olympic Silver Medalist and two-time World Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic Silver Medalists and five-time U.S. Champions Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, 1996 World Champion and six-time U.S. National Champion Todd Eldredge, three-time U.S.Champion and two-time World Bronze Medalist Michael Weiss, eight-time National Champion (GBR) and three-time Winter Olympian Steven Cousins, ten-time Canadian Ice Dancing Champion Shae-Lynn Bourne, two-time U.S. Medalist Emily Hughes, 2010 U.S. Champions Caydee Denney & Jeremy Barrett, seven-time National Champions (GBR) Sinead & John Kerr.
Few shows have touched audiences like RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of joyful music, song and dance that has that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe.
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, to date, RIVERDANCE now in its 16th phenomenal year -- has played over 10,000 performances, been seen live by more than 22 million people in over 350 venues throughout 40 countries across 4 continents. They have traveled well over 600,000 miles (or to the moon and back!), played to a worldwide television audience of 2 billion; sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD (certified Platinum in the US) and over 10 million videos making it one of the best-selling entertainment videos in the world! RIVERDANCE had its world premiere at the Point Theatre, Dublin, in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim.
An innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, RIVERDANCE draws on Irish traditions and the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music to the present day capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.
A phenomenon of historic proportions! - Washington Post
An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away!- Chicago Tribune.
A phenomenon! New York Times
A family evening unlike anything else! - The London Times.
Author: Celtic Cafe