O’Shea Irish Dancers
While celebrating and perpetuating the rich tradition of Irish Dance, the O’Shea Irish Dance School hopes to inspire students to achieve their highest potential. A costumed troupe will perform traditional Irish Step Dancing at the Great Irish Fair of New Ulm. The style of dance has its roots in traditional Irish Dance and is characterized by stiffened upper bodies and a quick, intricate footwork.
About the O’Shea Irish Dance School Founders
O’Shea Irish Dance Director Cormac O’Sé’s (TCRG) professional career began in 1994 when he was chosen by Michael Flatley to be part of the team of dancers that stunned Europe in the original performance of Riverdance at the Eurovision Song Contest. Following its successful debut, Riverdance, The Show was developed. From its World Premiere in Dublin it has become a phenomenon, changing the face of theatre internationally and bringing Irish dance into the public consciousness forever. Cormac continued touring and dancing with Riverdance for six years, giving more than 2000 performances, across four continents to over two million people. He can be seen in the original film, Riverdance, The Show, in Riverdance at Radio City, Riverdance, A Journey and The Best of Riverdance.
Cormac’s television credits include performances on The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Ireland’s Late, Late Show with Gay Byrne and on Britain’s The Royal Variety Performance. He has also given special performances for the Queen of England, for Ireland’s president Mary McAlese and for President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Cormac received his TCRG in 2006. He has brought dancers to Regional, National, and World Championship competitive levels.
Cormac and his wife Natalie met while working on the first American tour of Riverdance, The Show, in February, 1997. They were married in June, 2001, and set up home in Ireland but Cormac had fallen in love with America and Natalie was happy to return home. They relocated permanently in November 2002 and live in Minneapolis with their three children, Adrienne, Liam and Ciara.
Cormac O’Se was born in Dublin, Ireland, into a family where Irish dancing is a way of life. His father and mother, Seamus O’Sé & Aine Uí Shé are long standing members of An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, and directors of Dublin’s renowned Scoil Rince uí She. Seamus and Aine started their school in 1971, producing eight World Champions, holding twenty-nine World Solo titles, eleven of those being held by Cormac’s brother Colm, the most decorated Irish dancer in history. Their students—including their own three children—have been part of Riverdance from its inception.
The O’Shea family has been performing and teaching master classes in Europe and America since 1979. Their shows Irish Thunder and Emerald Beat, created by Aine and Seamus, had been featured at Busch Gardens in both Williamsburg, Virginia and Tampa, Florida since 2001 to 2010 under the direction of Cormac’s sister Dara O’Shea Delap. They are now creating a touring show called Celtic Revolution.
O'Shea Irish Dance
Céad Míle Fáilte
Great Irish Fair of New Ulm
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Address: 2101 South Broadway
New Ulm, Minnesota 56073
Performance: March 14 – 11 am & 1 pm
“Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play-
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song-
And gladness waiting everywhere
All your whole life long!”
The performance activities are funded by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Additional funding was received from the New Ulm Area Foundation, the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and the Gislason & Hunter Law Firm.