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Because MUSIC is such a big part of my life, it is natural to assume I would enjoy dancing. And as much as I do enjoy the occasional 'shake your booty' night outs, DANCE is really not my thing. It would take some effort to persuade me to a performance like 'Ballet Under The Stars', though honestly the "picnic-er" in me wouldn't mind laying out a mat and enjoying a glass of wine in wide open spaces.

The closest dance performances I can recall attending were STOMP and Project X (Tap Dogs dance styled). I have a particular liking for the dance discipline of Tap, perhaps being overly influenced by Gene Kelly movies in my younger years.

Lead Dancers Chloey Turner & Padraic Moyles

Strangely I was quite excited about catching the international Irish phenomenon, 'Riverdance'; as they graced our shores the second time and marked the grand opening of the new Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. It was also the 'Riverdance Farewell Tour' after fifteen years of performing and touring the world. They end 2010 in the Far East.

I expected a lot more from this supposedly world class 1,600 seat theatre, but was deeply disappointed. The stage is small and the place lacked grandeur. Mid-way through the performance, we could even hear irritable sounds of drilling, an obvious prove that the sound proofing can be improved.

Thankfully the performance was truly enjoyable and it was a good choice to have picked centralized circle seats. It allowed us to catch the choreographed step-dance routine, dance formations and the quick-footed, rapid-fire tapping feet!

Emerged from Ireland in 1994, the riveting production and thunderous celebration of Irish / Celtic music, song and dance burst with energy, sensuality and originality. 'Riverdance' drew on Irish traditions and combined the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance. The performance tastefully took the audience through Irish history, loosely chronicling the great migration of the Irish people to the New World through time. It provided a sense of story which I did not expect.

Music and lyrics were written by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. 'Riverdance' is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act. Its success has since become part of theatre history.

'Riverdance' is a beautiful celebration of traditional Irish dance with seemingly impossible technical unison that produce a resounding dramatic effect that can only result from strength in numbers. The energy from a performance like this can only be experienced live.

Now I wanna catch 'Lord of the Dance'!

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