For Immediate Release
Date: March 5, 2020
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications
Written by: Gabe Miller, student intern
Bloomsburg University to host Trinity Irish Dance Company
BLOOMSBURG—Trinity Irish Dance Company will perform at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center of the Arts, Mitrani Hall.
Part of BU’s Arts in Bloom series, tickets for the show are $29 for adults and $15 for BU students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in the lobby of Haas Center for the Arts or online bloomu.edu/arts-in-bloom. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 570-389-4409 for ticket sales and general information and 570-389-2795 for group sales and special arrangements.
Begun in a church basement in 1990, Trinity Irish Dance has grown to be one of the most respected Irish dance companies in the world. Trinity Irish Dance reveres Irish tradition while incorporating other cutting-edge stylistic innovations and helping to inspire commercial productions like “Riverdance.”
“Trinity Irish Dance Company…took the virtuoso footwork of Irish step dancing and led it in multiple directions…with effects of complexity and syncopation that astounded,” says the New York Times.
The company has performed in venues as Washington’s Kennedy Center, the New York Joyce and New Victory Theatres, Tokyo’s Orchard Hall, and Los Angeles’ Royce Hall.
Emmy-Award Winning artistic director Mark Howard has been featured in PBS documentaries and worked for large film studios. He has worked with directors in films and television programs such as Twin Peaks, American Beauty, and Backdraft. He was also the personal dance coach for Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition.
Trinity Irish Dance Company grew from founding artistic director Mark Howard’s Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, founded in 1982. Howard’s competitive dancers soon began to win unprecedented world team titles for the United States at the World Championships of Irish Dance. Not content to simply win trophies, Howard ultimately began to venture outside the framework of ethnicity, expanding Trinity’s range and repertoire in a host of imaginative new directions. This led to the founding of the nonprofit TIDC, which began providing a unique forum for creativity that ultimately attracted dancers from schools around the world.