Velocity Rising (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Velocity Rising

Impressive talent from Irish dance stars and their musical companions

Sadly they're a man down in this tight display of turbocharged Irish jigging, showcasing a new generation of Irish step dancers. Dancer James Devine, who beat Michael Flatley's world record for most feet taps per second (38), is forced to sit most of the show out after an ankle injury, but Galway dancer Anne Marie Keaney steps in with impressive scissor kicks and frenzied footwork.

David Geaney, a semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent, is determined to undo any damage done by Flatley, the Riverdancer who gave Irish dance a cheesy image in his leather breeks and headbands back in the 90s. So the 22-year-old dances in jeans and a hoodie, and the stage setup is simple to keep the focus on those freakishly liquid ankles of his.

Grainy footage of the history of Irish dance is beautiful, with a little bit of explanation on the rules (arms down, feet out, lots of heel clicking) and the trio on fiddle, guitar and cajon (crate) drum are excellent at building atmosphere and doing call-and-responses with the tap shoes. The scratch DJ jars a bit; the traditional dance seems best unadorned with fusion flourishes. Staggering precision and speed are the real draws here.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug, 6.35pm, £14– £15 (£13– £14).

Velocity: Rising

  • 4 stars

Velocity Velocity: Rising is the next generation in Irish tap. Honoring past traditions but blasting them feet first into the 21st century, Velocity: Rising breaks away from the idea of what an Irish dance show is to one that is expressive, free, fast-paced and edgy, driven by passion and pride! Led by Guinness World…