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Kieran Jordan

Musical Feet! Volume 2: The Next Step

Sean-nós Irish Dance Instructional Video

Music by Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi

In Musical Feet! Volume 2: The Next Step, Boston-based dancer Kieran Jordan brings you an in-depth instructional video on sean-nós Irish dancing. With six chapters of jigs, and an additional chapter of reels, this video series invites students of all ages to learn, practice, and experience the joy of rince ar an sean-nós — “dancing in the old style.” The video includes both traditional and original steps that progress from basic rhythmic movements to more advanced choreography. With live music, close-ups of the footwork, and clear instruction from an experienced teacher, this video aims to inspire dancers everywhere — to develop a confident ability to make rhythm, improvise, and participate in the art of sean-nós dance.

Features

  • Traditional and original sean-nós steps, with choreography by Kieran Jordan
  • Six chapters of jigs (four steps in each chapter)
  • One chapter of reels (four steps)
  • Live footage from Kieran’s Boston sean-nós dance class
  • Traditional Irish music on fiddle and concertina from Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi
  • Shot in Cambridge and Quincy, Massachusetts in June, 2015
  • Video production and design by Al Davis and Robin Friedman, Visual Velocity

Musicians’ Bios

Armand Aromin is a musician, composer, and violin maker and repairer based in Providence, Rhode Island. As a teen, he learned much of his Irish music from Jimmy Devine and Patrick Hutchinson, and subsequently spent six of his post-secondary-school years soaking up the wealth of traditional music that Boston has to offer. Armand and Benedict have been making music together for the past three years, and formed the duo The Vox Hunters in 2014.

Benedict Gagliardi is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin, Connecticut. His fondness for traditional music began in his mid-teens, with American folk and sea songs, which quickly lead to Irish music. Benedict has never received formal lessons on concertina, but owes much of his style and repertoire to many encouraging Connecticut musicians who taught him tunes over the years. Though he can’t dance a step himself, he takes great satisfaction in supplying tunes for the musical feet of others. When not playing music, Benedict is out in the woods catching insects.