Irish dance show set at Columbian

By The Mercury

The Columbian Theatre in Wamego and the Foundation for Celtic Arts and Studies will present a free program of Irish dance and culture on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Doors open at 1 p.m. Seating is first come, first served.

This annual program started in 2008 as a private performance for the great-grandparents of one of the performers, Katherine Pottinger. 

“I rented the Columbian so my grandparents could see their great-granddaughter dance,” said Mark Pottinger, the show’s organizer.  “The theatre staff asked if we would mind if they opened up the facility to the public.  We said yes, of course, and that was how this annual tradition began. We’ve performed every year but one since then.”

The talent of this year’s cast is exceptional, Pottinger said.  “We have three World Qualifiers and a National Qualifier scheduled to perform,” said Pottinger.  “To have four in one show is a real gift.”

The show will include soft and hard shoe dances, including set dances.  Set dances are solo hard shoe pieces choreographed to a particular piece of music. 

There will also be a discussion of Irish history and culture.  The audience is invited to meet the performers after the show.

Scheduled to perform are Katherine Pottinger, Hannah Parkhurst, Margaret Neuhardt, Hailey Hopkins and Shannon Sankey, all are Open Champion dancers, the highest level possible. 

Ms. Pottinger is the great-granddaughter of Gladys Willie of Wamego.  Ms. Hopkins is the granddaughter of Glenn and Yvonne (Lamoreaux) Larson, of Waterville.









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