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Check out Irish dance at open house


Observe Irish step-dance classes during The


Bracken School of Irish Dance open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., March 24 at 610 N. Alma School Rd., on the northwest corner at Galveston in Chandler in the Jeanne’s School of Dance studio. Instructors and champi- onship dancers will be available to answer questions, refreshments will be served and there will be some vendors. “Irish dance is an exciting, athletic and


graceful form of dance that was popularized by such shows as ‘Riverdance’ and ‘Lord of the Dance’ and which is now found around the world,” says Helene Ossipov, webmaster for Bracken School of Irish Dance. “In this dance form, the emphasis is on precise footwork and timing while maintaining the sig- nature upright posture and straight arms.” She says dancers compete in solo competitions as well as team or ceili, pronounced


KAY-lee, competitions. The Bracken junior and senior ceili teams are among the best in the Western U.S., placing well in regional and world championships. At the Bracken School, under the guidance of director Thomas Bracken, lead instruc- tor Alexis Hodel trains students from beginning level through championship. Hodel has


JIG: Dancers from The Bracken School of Irish Dance perform. Submitted photo


competed on the world stage several times and has seen her students reach that level as well, with three students qualifying for the World Championships in April. The school emphasizes teamwork, discipline, friendship and a family community for all ages. Students range in age from 5 to 56 years old. “It’s a healthy and energizing activity,” adds Bracken. “Its socializing aspect is also


important in that it results in lifelong friendships. And it’s an activity with longevity; once they get involved, the interest lasts until adulthood.” For more information, visit www.brackenirishdance.com or call 480-240-6944.


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