Kicking of the 2019 Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

March arrives on Friday and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. Not only is it a reminder that spring is on its way, but its the kick-off of one of my favorite celebrations — St. Patrick’s Day, and the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival. This weekend, the festival kicks off with two Irish dancing events in Richmond:

Sean-Nós Dance Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: Richmond Free Library, Community Room, 201 Bridge St, Richmond, VT 05477
Suggested Donation: $15
More Information: Yasi Zeichner

Learn some basic sean-nós dance steps that you can pull out at any Irish session. One of the oldest styles of Irish step dance, sean-nós is a percussive, improvisational, and relaxed dance form, which encourages the dancer to interpret the tunes with their feet. This workshop will cover basic steps and rhythms and give you tools to create your own steps. For footwear, smooth-soled shoes with a medium heel are best. Live music at this workshop will be provided by Oliver and Louli Zeichner on some combination of uilleann pipes, penny whistle, 4-string banjo, and harp.

Yasi Zeichner is an Irish fiddler and sean-nós dancer based in Northfield, VT. Though she came to love Irish music first through the fiddle, she became captivated with the percussive tune interpretation of sean-nós steps through a workshop with Jackie O’Riley and Rebecca McGowan in 2013. Yasi has been learning all the steps she can ever since, and has been dancing on floorboards and hearthstones around the state with her sibling band, The Zeichner Trio.

Community Ceili hosted by The Garrett School of Irish Dance

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Richmond Free Library, Community Room, 201 Bridge St, Richmond, VT 05477
Suggested Donation: $8 Individual, $5 Student/Senior, $20 Family

An afternoon of live traditional Irish music (by Denise Dean and friends) and dance, this
ceili (community celebration) will feature the traditional social dances of Ireland, along
with a few special performances. Dances will be taught on the day and all are welcome to
participate! Neither experience nor partner needed.

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