Thursday, June 22, 2017

Get Your Jig On: Irish Dance for Kids

by Jim Baggett, Department Head, Archives and Manuscripts Department

Jane Ann and Lilla dressed for competition
It’s happened to us all. You see Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, leaping about the stage and think, I could do that. Well, now you can (sort of).

The Birmingham Public Library Archives, in cooperation with Pinson Public Library, Avondale Regional Branch Library, Springville Road Regional Branch Library, and Homewood Public Library will offer Get Your Jig On, free 30-minute Irish dance classes for kids.

Irish dance is both ancient and universal. Many dances performed today date back hundreds of years and Irish dancers throughout the world perform many of the same dance steps. Join us to learn about the culture of Irish dance and learn some new steps.

Teachers: Jane Ann Baggett and Lilla Carroll from the Westwood Irish Dance School. Jane Ann and Lila, who participate in Irish dance competitions throughout the Southeast and Midwest, are both students in the creative writing program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

June 26, 11:00 a.m., Pinson Public Library
June 28, 10:00 a.m., Avondale Library (registration required; the Irish dance instruction will be part of the storytime program)
June 30, 4:00 p.m., Springville Road Library (registration required)
July 7, 10:30 a.m., Homewood Public Library

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