More than 10 years after its inception, the Irish step dancing phenomenon Riverdance is still going strong with plans for a new North American...

More than 10 years after its inception, the Irish step dancing phenomenon Riverdance is still going strong with plans for a new North American tour this year. The extensive 29-city trek begins with a January 13-18 residency at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando, FL, and wraps after a June 26-28 run at Wolftrap in Vienna, VA.

Other highlights for the tour include a stretch from February 24 to March 1 at Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN, a run from March 31 to April 5 at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA, and a May 1-3 stint at Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI. Two Canadian cities are also included on the tour, with the company residing from May 19 through June 21 at the Canon Theatre in Toronto, ON, before completing a brief June 22-24 run at the John Labatt Center in London, ON.

Tickets for the tour range from a low of $20 to a high of $100, with individual prices varying at each venue. Onsales have already begun for several cities on the itinerary, but full ticket details are available at the Riverdance Web site.

All dates of the North American run will be performed by the Boyne Company, one of three official Riverdance companies that will be on tour in 2009. The Boyne (named after the Irish river) is lead by Liam Ayres, Marty Dowds, Christina Havlin, Alana Mallon, Craig Ashurst, Padraic Moyles, and Caterina Coyne, and features more than 20 other dancers, as well as musicians and vocalists.

The Riverdance show was first performed in 1994 and featured the franchise’s best-known dancer, Michael Flatley, along with co-lead Jean Butler. However, Flatley left the production shortly thereafter to pursue his solo career, which included creating, choreographing, producing and leading the popular Irish music and dance off-shoot, Lord of the Dance.

The on-going international popularity of Riverdance had led to the creation of a growing number of Irish- and Celtic-music groups. Vocal groups Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman have both announced extensive North American tours in recent months.

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Riverdance itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

January 13 – 18 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
January 20 – 25 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
January 26 – 28 Gainesville, FL Phillipps Center
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
February 3 – 8 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center
February 10 – 12 Columbia, SC Koger Center
February 13 – 15 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre
February 17 – 18 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium
February 20 – 22 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 24 – Mar. 1 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall
March 3 – 8 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
March 10 – 15 Baltimore, MD Hippodrome
March 17 – 22 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
March 24 – 29 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Mar. 31 – Apr. 5 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center
April 7 – 12 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
April 14 – 15 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center
April 17 – 29 Appleton, WI Thrivent Financial Hall
April 21 – 23 Rockford, IL Coronado Theatre
April 24 – 26 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
April 27 – 29 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center
May 1 – 3 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
May 5 – 7 Cedar Falls, IA Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
May 8 – 10 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
May 12 – 14 Paducah, KY Carson Four Rivers Center
May 15 – 17 Cincinnatti, OH Aronoff Center
May 19 – June 21 Toronto, ON Canon Theatre
June 22 – 24 London, ON John Labatt Centre
June 26 – 28 Vienna, VA Wolftrap