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Irish dancers to tap in Beijing

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Think of Ireland and your first thought might be the famous rhythmic Irish dance. That's because, as Riverdance tours around the world, it also takes Irish culture with them.

And now traditional Irish dancers will be tapping once more in Beijing, offering a different taste of the popular step dance brought by Riverdance.

It's in pubs that Irish dance was born and became popular. Limited by the size of the stage, dancers seldom move their upper body or arms. This form is the authentic traditional Irish dance. Led by Joey Cumerford, the group comes from Johnnie Fox. The famous pub situated on the Dublin Mountains and known as the highest in Ireland, has been opened since 1798.

Joey says in Ireland almost everyone knows a few steps and loves Irish dance. It's one of the best ways to show their passion, and here in China, they want to share their emotion with audience members.

Declan Kelleher, Irish Ambassador in China, said, "Irish dance is very authentic. In northern Ireland. It's just an expression of Irish cultural and to make new friends and dancing is good way of doing that."

Whether in a small group or a large one, the living legacy comes from the same root, make the same sound on shoes, and pass the same passion to the viewers. Early this week, Mary McAllese, president of Ireland, recommended Riverdance to all the Chinese audience as the show will launch its 15th anniversary world tour from China.

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