Thursday, July 12, 2012

CC Does Her Best Irish Jig at the Ford

A Gaelic Gathering performs at Big!World!Fun! at the Ford Amphitheatre. (Photo courtesy of Ford Theatres)
CC was literally dancing in the aisles at this lively performance from Irish music and dance troupe A Gaelic Gathering, which kicked off this year's Big!World!Fun! series at the Ford Amphitheatre.

The Los Angeles-based troupe, led by Maire Clerkin, entertained the ample audience with hard shoe jigs, soft shoe reels and lovely Irish songs sung by lead vocalist and accordion player Alice Ryan. The crowd was clapping and whistling, as a trio of dancers did things with their legs that seemed to defy the reality of human anatomy. (I'm assuming they really do have bones!). It was amazing.

So amazing that CC jumped out of her seat and started dancing, along with other little girls and boys in the crowd. It was fun watching them have such a great time, and it was also fun watching the performers on stage watching the girls! Everyone was loving it.

And that's what's so wonderful about this series. Big!World!Fun! introduces kids and families to different cultures through music, theater and dance, and they invite kids to enjoy it the way kids do -- moving, clapping, talking -- without the stress of having to tell them to sit down and be quiet.

Hope you get a chance to check it out this summer. Here's my post about this year's lineup and ticket info. And don't forget how wallet-friendly this outing is. Adults are $5, while kids are free, and parking is only $1.

[Note: Media tickets provided]

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