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Velocity Irish Dance Performance

Velocity Irish Dance
A World of Music Series

Date & Price

Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hall

Reserved Seating: $40

Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium Members, and Innovators: $34*

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Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission

Longwood Debut

Led by the world record holder for the fastest feet in the world James Devine and five-time World Champion Irish dancer David Geaney—and joined by a motley crew of mind-blowing musicians and an old-school scratch DJ—Velocity is the next generation in Irish tap. Honoring past traditions but blasting them feet-first into the 21st century, Velocity 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.

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More about Velocity Irish Dance

Two illustrious Irish hoofers come together in an intimate, no-nonsense jam session of impossible scuffles, shuffles, and every time step in between in this high-octane celebration of the past, present, and future of Irish dance.

James Devine from Ardnacrusha, County Clare in Ireland is the world record holder for the fastest feet in the world with an astonishing 38 taps in one second.  A three-time World Champion Irish dancer, former lead in Lord of the Dance, choreographer, and teacher, in 2007, Devine graced the stage of The New Victory Theatre with his production, TapEire. A dedicated strength and conditioning coach to Irish Dancers, Devine is now focused on producing.

David Geaney, from a town called Dingle in the southwest of Ireland, is a 24-year-old dancer who regularly works in his family-owned bar, the Dingle Pub, but his main passion is dance. After being told he was too young for football and watching his older sister Susie win a medal at a local dance competition, Geaney decided he wanted a medal too—and began dancing! After dancing for nearly 20 years, not much has changed, but he does have five World Championship titles to his name and several TV appearances, including the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, under his belt!

He might be quick on his feet but the day Geaney was too slow to catch a bus home after filming for a BBC documentary, Devine offered to bring him home. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise and was the beginning of an artistic partnership that inspired both men to take Irish dance in a new and exciting direction, sparking the idea for their new show Velocity.

After releasing a video celebrating Irish passion in 2016, the men were shocked with the response. The video went viral and was shared on national news outlets and international sites. It encouraged them to make other videos, which in turn went viral and so sparked the idea to create a full-scale show. In 2017, they decided to partake in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a huge platform for new shows. Despite several setbacks including an injury to Devine, the show went on and received several fantastic reviews, even being dubbed “dance hour of the fringe.”

As a result of their fantastic efforts in Edinburgh, Velocity was contacted by The New Victory Theatre for the next big step in their journey. After a hugely successful run in New York in 2018, they are now looking forward to touring the US and more in the coming years.

Find out more on their website. 

*Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium Members, and Innovators receive access to the Pre-sale. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and Pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.

Please note, per Pennsylvania’s lifting of pandemic restrictions, indoor concerts will be at full capacity and social distancing will not be in place.