DANCE: NOT YOUR FATHER'S JIG

FROM DUBLIN, A NEW TROUPE LEAVENS TRADITIONAL IRISH DANCE WITH BROADWAY PIZAZZ

THE USUAL IMAGE OF IRISH DANCing is of a young girl wearing a fixed expression and tight ringlets, her arms pressed rigidly to her sides. Her legs? Ah, that's where the magic is: quicksilver taps, emphatic stamps and leg beats, ebullient kicks. The Irish dancer is a physically divided person.

Two years ago, a small group of friends in Dublin decided it was time to update that picture. TV producer Moya Doherty was faced with creating a seven-minute filler piece for the 1994 Eurovision pop-song contest. "I wanted to show a modern image of Ireland," she says, "not the old green...

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