The De Danaan School of Irish Dancers performed to a full house at the Riverside Centre on March 2 in Princeton.

The De Danaan School of Irish Dancers performed to a full house at the Riverside Centre on March 2 in Princeton.

De Danaan School dances right into the heart of Princeton

Princeton residents were treated to a performance by the De Danaan dancers.

The sound of rolling thunder permeated the theatre at the Riverside Centre last Saturday as the De Dannan School of Irish Dancers introduced their talent to the audience.

A full house enjoyed the evening of soft-shoe and hard-shoe dance, right down to the beauty and grace of dance that shared the story of bobbins, threads and weaving looms that weave Irish linens.

As an added bonus attendees were treated to performances by Princeton’s own Scottish dance angels, the Princeton Highland Dancers. Four local dancers performed in between the De Danaan sets.

History with De Dannan was discovered with the school’s art director. Leslie Wilson has ties to Princeton. Her grandparents, Unice and Gordon Cook were long time residents and her mother, Karen was raised here.

Wilson danced and taught with the Violet Moore School of Irish Dancing for more than twenty years. She then went on to create her own school, Scoil Rince De Danaan, school of Irish Dance where she teachers her students not only dance, but Irish history and basic language as well.

Four Danaan dancers are off to compete in the World competition in Boston. Best of luck to Freddie (has placed second in the Worlds), Alex, Hannah and Nicole.