A night of Irish dance celebration saw the cast of Rhythm of the Dance bring their 20th anniversary show to the Lichfield Garrick.

Rhythm of the Dance

A talented cast of dancers and musicians brought culture from the Emerald Isle to the city for the first night of their two-day stay.

The Celtic vibes were present right from the outset, with an appreciative Garrick audience enjoying a lively evening of entertainment.

It’s easy to focus on the talents of the dancers in this show – and there were plenty of examples of this – but it was the collaboration between them and the live musicians which really made the Rhythm of the Dance shine.

Bold, striking sounds were used to set the scene for the performers to tell the story of Irish culture through dance.

The show also marked a homecoming of sorts for Birmingham performer and four time world champion John Whitehurst who shone on the Garrick stage, having first found fame as a young dancing hopeful in the documentary Jig almost a decade ago.

But his transition from competitive dancer to star of stage appears to have been seamless as he captivated the audience along with his fellow cast members.

It’s always interesting to see the reaction of the crowd to a show as a way to gauge how successful it has been – and given the rapturous applause and smiles across the theatre, it’s clear that Rhythm of the Dance could easily have another 20 years of entertaining around the world ahead of it.

There’s another chance to catch the show at the Garrick tonight (9th June). Tickets are £25. To book call 01543 412121 or visit the online box office.

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