LIMA — The global phenomenon “Riverdance” will once again return to Veterans Memorial Civic Center this weekend, this time celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Lead dancer Gianna Petracic said those attending the mid-week show will get to experience new sets, new costumes and new numbers that have been added for the anniversary tour. The show, which details the history of Ireland through different scenes bursting with traditional Irish dance and music, first came to the Civic Center in 2011.
“The Irish dancers, the musicians, the creative team behind it — everybody involved throughout the past 25 years has put a lot of heart and soul into it,” Petracic said of the show. “I think the show has a new fresh take on it as well, which keeps it up to date with society and what’s going on in the world. It’s passionate and it truly resonates what Irish dancing is.”
Petracic was born in Australia and attended the Halloran School of Dance, training in Irish dance, ballet, contemporary dance and musical theater, proving the show has reached more than the Irish culture. She joined the cast in 2014 and has worked with cast members from the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Russia.
“I think it’s important because it’s not only a big phenomenon in Ireland, it’s touched hearts and souls throughout the world like myself and any other Irish dancer growing up,” Petracic said. “It’s a show for everyone of all ages and all cultures. When we go to different countries, it is definitely recognized and people love it. We’ve had some great reactions lately for the 25th anniversary — people are standing nearly every number and that’s been amazing from a stage perspective. It makes myself so proud to be a part of a production like this that has been standing alone for 25 years.”
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