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You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the passion, flair and precision of the Trinity Irish Dance Company. This enterprising troupe brings its fast-paced footwork to the Lied Center on March 17, 2017, with a 7:30 p.m. performance on the ultimate Irish holiday – St. Patrick’s Day.

Founded in 1990 as a way to celebrate the pioneering work of Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard, this innovative company is constantly searching for original means of expression while maintaining a high regard for tradition. Howard’s uniquely Irish-American company was the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, which opened new avenues of artistic expression that led directly to commercial productions such as “Riverdance.”

Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune put it this way: “Lord of the Dance and Riverdance owe a lot to Chicago and Milwaukee’s Irish Dancers. Lord and Riverdance are Trinity’s glitzy commercial cousins; ‘Disney on Ice’ compared to the Bolshoi Ballet.”

Many of TIDC’s dancers came through the ranks of the prestigious Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Chicago/Milwaukee-based school that was founded in 1981 and soon began to win unprecedented world team titles for the United States at the World Championships of Irish Dance. Through the years, TIDC has collaborated with many noted contemporary choreographers, which has led the dancers to an increased vocabulary of movement. The result is a thoroughly fresh and engaging artistic vision that goes beyond the source without losing touch with its essence.

TIDC has performed to great critical and popular acclaim on stages throughout the world, with sold-out tours in Europe and Asia and appearances in such distinguished venues as Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Joyce and New Victory Theatres, Tokyo’s Orchard Hall and Los Angeles’s Royce Hall, among many others. TIDC holds a unique place in the dance world, offering both a highly skilled presentation of traditional Irish step dance and a brilliantly engaging interpretation of contemporary world vision.

Tickets for the Trinity Irish Dance Company range from $26 to $43 for adults and $13 to $21.50 for youth 18 years and younger. Tickets are available at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. UNL students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Season Lieders Vikki & Doug Kotil.