***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Great Visual! Live Auditions: March 23, 2020

Calling All New England Irish Dance Groups For A Chance To Dance On Stage Before RIVERDANCE

WHAT: New England Irish Dance groups are invited to compete for a chance to perform on stage at the Boch Center Wang Theatre prior to a performance of the international Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance.

Irish Dance groups can now submit videos (up to 3 minutes in length) showing their best footwork. The deadline to enter is Monday, March 16.

Ten finalist dance groups will be chosen to compete in a live Dance Audition event before a panel of judges on Monday afternoon, March 23 at CambridgeSide. Judges will include Melissa from Hot 96.9 and two Riverdance lead dancers Maggie Darlington and Jason O'Neil. Three winning dance companies will be chosen to perform LIVE onstage (in front of house curtain, max 3 min in length) at the Wang Theatre on Wednesday, April 1, prior to the performance of the Riverdance. The winning dance companies will also receive complimentary tickets (one for each dancer, max. of 20 per company) and a very special Friends & Family discount ticket offer for the April 1 show.

WHO: Open call for all New England Irish Dance Groups.
Ten finalist dance groups will compete in the live Dance Audition at CambridgeSide with celebrity judges Melissa from Hot 96.9 and Riverdance lead dancers Maggie Darlington and Jason O’Neil.


Video Submission Deadline: Monday, March 16

To enter, fill out the entry form HERE and upload your dance video. Be sure to share it to your Facebook page! Tag the Boch Center’s page and use #RiverdanceBoston

Live Auditions:
Monday, March 23 at 3:30PM
CambridgeSide – Level 1 Food Court
100 CambridgeSide Place
Cambridge, MA

Winning Performance:
Wednesday, April 1 prior to 7:30PM curtain
Boch Center Wang Theatre
270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

INFO: Contest Rules and more information:

About Riverdance
The international Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance, is back by popular demand in a brand new 25th Anniversary production, March 31 - April 5, at the Wang Theatre. In a powerful and stirring re-invention of this beloved favorite, renowned composer Bill Whelan brings this mesmerizing, Grammy Award®-winning soundtrack back to life, completely revitalized for the first time since those original orchestral recordings. Producer Moya Doherty and Director John McColgan have produced an amazing new 25th Anniversary production with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, staging and costume design, and an all-new finale number which will blow audiences away. Tickets are now on sale at the Boch Center box office, through or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787).

About the Boch Center
The Boch Center is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert Theatres. As New England’s largest cultural venue, the Boch Center is home to theater, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, opera, Broadway musicals, family entertainment, and more. Located in Boston’s historic Theater District, the Boch Center also offers a diverse mix of educational, cultural and community outreach initiatives, including the City Spotlights Leadership Program, ArtWeek and the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame; collaborates with artists and local nonprofit arts organizations; preserves historic venues; and acts as a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural community. Learn more at

About CambridgeSide
The reimagined CambridgeSide is a place to shop, dine, indulge and relax. CambridgeSide features one great waterfront location with over 80 shops and restaurants in Cambridge, MA, just steps from downtown Boston. CambridgeSide’s mix of retailers includes Apple, H&M, Superdry, A|X Armani Exchange, Sephora, Macy’s, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx and more. The diverse mix of restaurants boasts Massachusetts’ first World of Beer and The Cheesecake Factory, in addition to over 15 other eateries. CambridgeSide is located near top tourism attractions including the Museum of Science and Charles Riverboat. CambridgeSide is handicapped and MBTA accessible (Green Line T to Lechmere Station or Red Line T to Kendall Square to the free CambridgeSide Shuttle Bus), and offers attached, covered parking. Regular hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. For directions and information, call 617-621-8666 or visit CambridgeSide is a New England Development shopping destination.

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