It has been stereotyped that Irish people can drink, fight, and be full of guilt but one there needs to be another phrase added to that….they can DANCE! Famed Irish dancer Michael Flatley brought Irish style dance to the spotlight when he choreographed Riverdance in 1994 and he became a household name when he created his own show, Lord of the Dance, in 1995. Flatley was renowned for having fast feet and garnered a Guinness (ironically) World Record for his fleet feet, 35 taps per second.
The National Dance Company of Ireland has brought their spectacular show to Las Vegas, Rhythm of the Dance. Michael Byrne has the lead in this production and it is very easy to make comparisons between Byrne and Flatley. Byrne’s feet may not have quite as quick of feet as Flatley, but his talent and stage presence is undeniable. Although the dance company puts its emphasis on the group rather than individuals, Byrne definitely stands out amongst the group.
Another standout from the group was tenor David Flynn; his crystal clear voice brought goose-bumps to listeners during Danny Boy. The three tenors together sang with great harmony and left the audience wanting more than the little slice of heaven they were given.
The overall performance of the show was truly spectacular and a welcomed bit of culture in Sin City. The small stage production of Rhythm of the Dance was much more enjoyable to watch than the massive stage show of Lord of the Dance because the audience could better appreciate the talent involved with the footwork of the dancers. Not only did everyone prove to have quick feet, a lovely dark-haired lass took the stage to perform a broom dance and showed that she not only had quick feet, but also had quick hands, as she effortlessly passed the broom between her legs throughout her performance. The lead female dancer showcased her dancing with beauty and elegance.
This was a very enjoyable show and a must see show whenever it comes to town. With any luck, someone with some clout in Las Vegas will take note of this show and the sold out crowds it has brought in and keep Rhythm of the Dance as a permanent show in town and not let this spectacular just pass through town.