Dance troupe makes Garden Terrace debut in early April

Celtic Cross Dancers bring a memorable performance of Irish, Scottish and other dances to residents

A Celtic dance troupe made its Garden Terrace debut April 6 during a performance for residents and staff members at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home.

The Celtic Cross Dancers perform what they describe on their website as a “trifecta” of traditional Irish, Scottish and Ottawa Valley step dances.

The troupe was originally scheduled to perform at the Garden Terrace St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17, but the event was postponed, says Garden Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Rachael King.

When Rachael was looking for St Patrick’s Day entertainment in March, she found the Celtic Cross Dancers’ website and contacted the group.

“I wanted to spice things up and kind of do something different,” she tells The OMNIway.

“I found this group and they showed up and performed traditional Irish dance, traditional Scottish dance and river dancing.”

In between the group’s performances, a singer took the stage to entertain residents with Celtic songs, Rachael adds.

The approximately 20 residents attending were in awe by the performances, Rachael says.

“They loved it,” she says. “We will definitely be bringing them back again.”

According to the Celtic Cross Dancers’ website, the group has performed across the globe.

“Collectively, we have decades of experience as teachers, performers, competitors, and choreographers,” the website states.

“We’ve performed for diplomats, royalty, festival audiences, wedding guests, political staff, and much more.”

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