Nic Gareiss


Named one of 2019’s “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance” and called “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. He re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as a medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional clog and step dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. Based in Michigan, he has performed in fifteen countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Liz Carroll, Alasdair Fraser, and The Chieftains. Nic holds degrees in Anthropology and Music from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. In 2018-19, he was First Footing dance artist-in-residence at the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Moray House School of Education, and School of Scottish Studies. A past Artist in Residence, Nic has become a favourite of Celtic Colours audiences. This will be his sixth time performing at the Festival.

Festival Performances

Wednesday, Oct 16th 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

venue West Mabou Hall
locale West Mabou
price $15
host West Mabou Hall

A unique and informative exploration of different percussive dance dialects hosted by Mabou based dancer / fiddler Melody Cameron. The event will feature discussion and performances by featured dancers of different styles and will allow for some audience participation.

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