February 18, 2015

Garden Spot Village invites the public to enjoy the sounds of "the auld sod"—reels, jigs and hornpipes—when Hooley School of Irish Dance brings its talented young performers to our stage on March 21.

Enjoy the sounds of "the auld sod" when Hooley School of Irish Dance brings a rousing performance to Garden Spot Village on Saturday, March 21, as a part of the community's popular Saturday Evening Concert Series.

"These spirited young dancers are sure to entertain, and we encourage the public to join us for the show," said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village.

Ranging in age from 5 to 18, the dancers will perform a variety of hard-shoe and soft-shoe dances, including reels, jigs, and hornpipes, as well as traditional Irish singing songs.

"The shows include descriptions and the history of the dances, so the audience will learn about Irish culture and traditions while they are being entertained," Musselman said.

Located in Akron, Hooley School of Irish Dance was established in 2009 to cultivate character and excellence among its dancers through a supportive community and learning environment. Hooley School director Crystal Glick Carper, TCRG, began studying Irish dance at the age of 12. She retired from competition in 2006 and was certified to teach Irish dance in 2008 through CLRG in Dublin, Ireland.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. It is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 717.355.6000.