Irish dance workshop with Kate Spanos: An Súisin Bán (The White Blanket)
June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kate Spanos will be teaching an old style Irish step dance workshop for the New Century American Irish-Arts Company in Annapolis, MD. She will teach a traditional setting of An Suisin Ban, or The White Blanket set dance. Kate learned this Cork-based version of The White Blanket from Dr. Catherine Foley at the University of Limerick in 2008. According to Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain and Mick McCabe’s Jigs and Jacobites (2018), this particular version dates back to the mid-1800s to Cork dancing master Cleaver, who taught it to Cormac O’Keeffe, who taught it to Peggy McTeggart, who taught it to Catherine Foley. This was a popular set dance in Munster in the 19th century but it faded out during the early 20th century and is one of the less commonly traditional set dances performed today.
Students should wear comfortable leather soled (non-sticky) shoes. For advanced beginner level and up.
For more information, visit the New Century American Irish-Arts Company website: https://www.newcenturyirisharts.com/workshop-kate-spanos