Irish and Ocean Dance Classes Coming to Penn State in March

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While you may have been dancing all weekend at THON, get ready for two new dance workshops coming to campus on March 1 and 3.

On March 1, ocean-born artist group Small Island Big Song will teach two different dances via live stream. The event will cover a handful of topics, including songs, dances and music from Taiwanese and Mauritian cultures.

This group is part of a collaborative project to unite islanders through musical traditions while raising awareness of the environmental and cultural issues facing the islands.

The Small Island Big Song event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free, but registration is required. A registration will be viewable from March 14-18 if you are unable to attend the live session.


Small Island Big Song will also hold an in-person event April 7 at the Eisenhower Auditorium. There, the group will lead a multimedia event featuring the dances learned on March 1 as well as performances by instrumentalists and singers from various islands.

Two days later, on March 3, Penn State’s Irish Dance Team Rince Na Leon will lead students in Irish dance moves just in time for State Patty’s. Through the course, students can learn both a basic Irish jig and a couple dance. All students are welcome to attend, regardless of skill level.


Courtesy of Rince Na Leon

This Irish dancing workshop will take place from 6-7 p.m. at HUB 232. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $4.99. Registration is mandatory via an online form.

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