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Somerville High School Hosts Irish Step Dancing Showcase

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Lynn Academy sends students to local, state and world competitions. Credits: Courtesy Lynn Academy
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Lynn Academy Irish Step dancers are featured in the Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade each year. Credits: Courtesy Lynn Academy
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Lynn Academy student Daniel Lynn Callanan was a winner at the most recent World Irish Dancing Championship in Glasgow, Scotland. Credits: Courtesy Lynn Academy
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Lynn Academy dancers, from left, Emily McEntee, Julia Puluka and Emma McJury after performing in the Somerville St. Patrick's Day Parade. Credits: Heather McEntee
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Lynn Academy of Irish Dance will present its annual showcase Saturday, June 18th from 1-2 p.m. in the auditorium at Somerville High School, 222 Davenport Street.

Admission is free.

Steeped in a colorful history and proud tradition, Irish step dancing is a highly-disciplined art form that demands precision, polish and posture – arms rigid at the side, stiff upper body and quick and precise movements of the feet.

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Wearing both hard shoes and soft shoes, dancers perform   jigs, reels, hornpipes, sets and half sets, solo and in ensembles stepping to traditional Irish music laced with accordions, mandolins, fiddles, banjos and pipes, often with lyrics that reflect Irish folk lore and a wry sense of humor.

Irish step dancing is also highly competitive, with local, state, regional and world championships.

The Lynn Academy sends its most qualified dancers to the international competition annually; one of its students, Daniel Lynn Callanan was a winner at the most recent World Irish Dancing Championship in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Lynn Academy of Irish Dance, based in Hillsborough, has several other locations in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Last year, Lynn Academy joined forces with two other schools to form the Lynn – O’Grady Quinlan – Connick (LOQC) Academy of Irish Dance.

Summer classes at the Hillsborough studio begin Monday, June 20th and run through Aug. 26th.

Summer camps are scheduled July 18th–22nd; Aug. 8th–12th,  a cross training camp with classes in stretching, weights, trampoline and polymetrics taught by certified instructors; Aug. 15th–19th and Aug. 22nd-26th.

The academy is located at 3 Jill Court, Building 16 in Hillsborough.

Further information is available online at www.lynnacademy.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lynnacademy/

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