Celtic Reflections Irish Dance Troupe
Celtic Reflections was founded in 1996 when audiences around the world were enthralled by the excitement of “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance”. The Directors of the Adelaide Academy saw the need to have a local troupe adapt to this new style of performance and dance so they formed Celtic Reflections from the senior dancers of the Adelaide Academy. Graceful arm movements, balletic moves, modern costumes and costume changes, exciting soft shoe choreography, fast rhythmic hard shoe routines and theatrical elements were all incorporated into energetic presentations, performed to great toe-tapping music. Dance was also accompanied by musicians on the bodhran and in some cases by vocalists.
Celtic Reflections is in high demand for concerts, corporate functions, festivals and community performances, and whilst the troupe members have changed over the years the concept and presentation remains very appealing to audiences everywhere.
The original troupe consisted of Kelli-Rai Howden (O’Donnell), Heather Fraser (Challen), Kevin Ryan, Craig Urch, Tara Atkinson, (McCabe), Shannon Artz (Ryan), Julie Wilson (Murphy), Juliet Jansen, Nola Marschall (McCabe), Veronica Lee, Cathy Davies (Fox), Siobhan Byrne and Teresa Wong (Coolen).
Along the way many other experienced dancers took their place in the Troupe, and today Celtic Reflections consists of the current dancers of the Adelaide Academy of Irish Dancing. We sometimes feature cameo performances from the members of the original troupe.
Memorable early performances include a trip to Broken Hill, with one performance being outdoors. The soaring temperatures warped the outdoor stage, and dancers were called on to display all their skills to negotiate the lifting floorboards; a performance at the Adelaide Town Hall, and as a support act for the Borderers on their regional tours.
From the success of this troupe and supported by other members of the Academy, local well known musicians and vocalists, our own Irish dance show,” Shades of Green” was produced. This successful venture played to packed houses at the Royalty Theatre, and then went on to visit regional centres such as Whyalla, Berri, Port Pirie and Renmark.
Other appearances include “Mission Ignition”( the World Youth Day of Prayer concert at the Entertainment Centre), Kapunda Celtic Festival on many occasions, Kernewek Lowender at Wallaroo, at Government House for the Governor’s Multicultural Awards, Wedding functions, International World Cup Cricket Match - Ireland v. Pakistan and many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Nights at the Irish Club and other venues. The excitement and routines of these dancers offers first-class entertainment for all ages.