The Lutcher Theater has added a touch of the Irish to its 2013 “5-Star Sensational Season” with one show only of “Rhythm of the Dance,” performed by the critically acclaimed National Dance Company of Ireland. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and tickets ranging from $20-$35 are now on sale at or by contacting the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 409-886-5535.

The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. “Rhythm of the Dance” has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows in the world. “Rhythm of the Dance” aspires to a purity content preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet presenting it in the most modern format that has made it a leader in its field. The show features a live band, three tenors and 22 dancers.

From the creation of “Rhythm of the Dance” in 1998 (initially the show was set up for a three week tour of the United States) it has toured consistently internationally and is achieving greater critical acclaim year after year.

The show continues to evolve as a result of the constant striving for perfection by its Director/Producer, choreographer and composer to keep the show fresh and interesting so that audiences who attend performances regularly will always find new and exciting elements within the program.

Featuring live performances from a gifted young cast of dancers, musicians, three Irish tenors, and the entire troupe, the show has won critical acclaim across four continents of the world in 51 countries to over 5 million fans. After twelve years of showcasing the very best in Irish dance to the world, the show has undergone a process of renewal, re-invigorating the choreography and music to create an even more spectacular performance. The hope of producer, Kieran Cavanagh is that the updated format of the show will be a “breathe of fresh air into Irish dance with this traditionally rooted and authentic production.”

“Rhythm of the Dance” will be featured in a PBS Special on March 17, 2013.

“Rhythm of the Dance” is sponsored locally by International Paper. The Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main in Orange.