WANT TO GO?
"Lord of the Dance"
WHERE: The Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
TICKETS: $37 and $61
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. --The blizzard that pushed through the Northeast last weekend caused lots of cancellations, including one very rare one: "Lord of the Dance."
The touring troupe, which brings its world-renowned Irish music and dance spectacle to the Clay Center Wednesday night, was forced to divert from a performance hall in Connecticut.
"We started this tour off in Canada and were working our way down," said dancer Tom Cunningham, calling from Chattanooga, Tenn.. "We were in New Jersey when the weather hit. We were supposed to travel up to Connecticut, but that was impossible, so we came down to Tennessee a day early."
Cunningham, who performs as Don Dorcha, the evil dark lord, and the other dancers got an extra day to rest, relax and recharge their batteries.
"It was kind of a blessing in disguise," Cunningham acknowledged. "We don't ever want to see any cancellations. We all love doing the show, but it was good to give the legs an extra day of rest."
"Besides," he added, "everybody likes the odd snow day."
Created by international dance star Michael Flatley, "Lord of the Dance" is a particularly punishing exercise for performers. It's not uncommon for dancers to jump into barrels of ice water after shows to soothe their legs.
Cunningham has been with the show for more than 15 years.
"I started way back in the beginning with Michael Flatley," he said.
Cunningham got into Irish dance when he was 5, growing up in Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, Ireland. Cunningham said his mother used to drag him to lessons at the local parish hall.