The Keltic Dreams - An Unusual "Irish" Dance Troupe
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! - On this fun day, we bring you a heart-warming story about an unusual Irish dancing troupe where the only person who is Irish is the teacher! The Keltic Dreams is a multi-ethnic group of 33 kids all between the ages of 7-12, who go to Public School 59 in New York's Bronx region.
With a mix of kids that is 75% Hispanic and 25% African-American, this is the last place you would expect to find an Irish dancing troupe - and it's all thanks to their amazing teacher - Caroline Duggan.
It all began accidentally six years ago, when Caroline moved from Ireland to New York and joined Public School 59 as a music teacher. When kids asked her w hy she talked "funny" (her Irish accent), she told them she came from Ireland - and was soon bombarded with questions about life in Ireland, Leprechauns and Irish Dancing.
Caroline showed them some Irish dancing steps and was surprised at how quickly the kids picked them up. This led to Caroline offering them dance lessons twice a week after school, and the "The Keltic Dreams" was born. Since the mix of the troupe is unusual, so is the music. The group jigs not only to Irish music, but also African Rhythms, Spanish Rhythms and even pop music.
They soon started to perform in front of audiences, initially around New York then in other parts of the USA and lately even overseas. Last year, Caroline fulfilled her dreams of taking the troupe to perform in Dublin, Ireland. Whilst there, they filmed an Irish documentary called "A Bronx Tale", which will be broadcast on Irish television this St. Patrick's Day. She hopes to take the kids to Dublin again this year and is currently trying to raise money for the trip.
What is even more amazing about this whole thing is that Caroline is doing this all just because of her passion for the kids. She does not get paid to teach the extra classes - for the students at Public School 59 do not come from very privileged backgrounds. Some of them don't even have homes and live in shelters. When The Keltic Dreams first began, they didn't even have the money to buy Irish Dancing costumes - and they had only eight pairs of dancing shoes that they shared amongst them. However, these minor details do not seem to matter to either the troupe or the teacher - they are just having a grand time dancing!
To read more about this amazing young group of people and their even more amazing teacher, go to www.thekelticdreams.com. Below is a video of the "The Keltic Dreams" performing in Dublin, Ireland last year.
- tatianaalmost 13 yearsNice speech Genesis.
- Genesisalmost 13 yearsIrish dancing is not about showing off or being in front it's about showing the world who you are and what you got!!!!-Genesis!
- Genesisalmost 13 yearsCaroline .
- tatiana sanchezalmost 13 yearshey every irish dancer im tatiana im one of the irish dancers and i LOVE IT.we go every where together.also im not in this picture but ill be next year since we go to ireland!!
- genesisalmost 13 yearsHi. Jeeann how ar3 u. I'm just h3r3. I just miss @ll of the keltic Dreams and u!!!!!
- anaabout 13 yearsHI GENI!!! SEE U IN SCOOL @ MARROW!!!
- genesisabout 13 yearsHI TAKIRA
- genesisabout 13 yearsHi, the show 2day was great and thank u ms.duggan 4 taking us and spending ur time with us!!!!!
- takiraabout 13 yearsim one of the keltic dreams hi gensis
- anaabout 13 yearshi Gen,How r u?!?!!??