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How to Irish Step Dance with Darrah Carr

Learn about Darrah Carr, one of Howcast's Irish step dancing experts, in this video.


Hi. My name is Darrah Carr. I'm the Music Director of Dara Carr Dance, a professional Irish Dance company based in New York City.

For the last 15 years I've developed a style of dance that I've coined ModERIN. ModERIN is a compound word referencing modern, as in dance, and Erin, an Irish-American reference to Ireland.

This compound, or fused, word encapsulates my choreographic interests in drawing from the tradition of Irish dance and the tradition of modern dance to create a blended style of contemporary dance choreography.

From Irish dance I utilize music cycles, rhythmic footwork and spacial patterning. From modern dance I utilize floor work, level changes and partnering.

Together this creates a marriage of Irish dance structure and modern dance freedom that I've coined ModERIN.

Recent performance highlights from my company include a spot on NBC's The Today Show, a performance at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and our annual season at the Irish Arts Center.

In 2011 we were nominated for a Bessie Award for our work with guest choreographer Sean Curran.

You can find us performing works by myself and Sean Curran at the Irish Art Center every November. You can also take classes in ModERIN style at the Irish Art Center.

Outside of Darrah Carr dance I teach in both the Dance and Irish Studies programs at Hofstra University and contribute a variety of articles on the history of dance to a number of different dance publications.

Please visit our website for more information about our work.

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