Darrah Carr Dance
"Carr's immensely likable and skillful dancers move with a space-gobbling buoyancy and
openness that looks as if they might take flight." —The New York Times
The Bessie Award-nominated company Darrah Carr Dance brings a bold new twist to conventional Irish dance. Their acclaimed performances draw from Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns to create high-energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. The company is comprised of championship Irish dancers including Trent Kowalik, Tony Award winner and the original star of Broadway's Billy Elliot and Timothy Kochka, two-time winner of the World Irish Dancing Championships and former member of Riverdance. Artistic Director Darrah Carr was named one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year" by Irish America Magazine and was awarded the Irish Heritage Award from the New York City Comptroller Office in recognition of her contribution to the cultural life of New York's Irish community.
Community outreach programs offer a whirlwind introduction to Irish dance including its history, costumes, and traditions. Residencies activities include in-school performances, lecture/demonstrations, workshops, master classes and community dance classes.
Darrah Carr Dance tours exclusively with live music and offers three distinct programs. Celtic Jazz Tryst is exuberant Irish step dance meets swing music from a bygone era, featuring live accompaniment by jazz vocalist Tara O'Grady and her Black Velvet Band. Inspired by O'Grady's original songs and her unique renditions of Irish standards, Artistic Director Darrah Carr has created a whimsical fusion of swing dance rhythms and Irish dance steps. Ceilidh: An Evening of Irish Music and Dance and Baile: A Celtic Christmas Celebration are high-energy mixed repertoire programs that celebrate Irish music and dance.