Irish dance troupe Velocity brings 'fast-paced, edgy' show to Stephens Auditorium March 26

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Velocity Irish Dance takes the stage at Stephens Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

An Irish tap dance performance, Velocity Irish Dance, takes the stage at Stephens Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24.

 “Our community loves and supports Celtic shows, so we look to program one every year,” Tammy Koolbeck, Stephens' executive director, said in a news release.

Velocity Irish Dance is “an expressive, free, fast-paced and edgy performance driven by passion and pride,” according to the release.

Irish dancer David Geaney leads the dance troupe, which is joined on stage by live musicians and “an old-school scratch DJ.”

Geaney is a five-time World Champion Irish dancer from Dingle, Ireland. Dancing in shows since the age of 8, Geaney was named the 2014 Man of the Year by Irish Dancing magazine. His dance videos have been seen more than 5 million times. He reached the semi-final round in a recent season of “Britain’s Got Talent.”

“I had the opportunity to meet David Geaney in January 2020 just before the pandemic,” Koolbeck said in the release. “When we started to work on our season programming for this year, Velocity was making a Midwest run and chose us to host their show.”

Velocity Irish Dance takes the stage at Stephens Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

Stephens Auditorium is collaborating with Dublin Bay Irish Pub & Grill in Ames to raffle two tickets to see the show. Raffle entry can be done at Dublin Bay through Friday. The winner will be contacted by March 21.

Tickets range from $25 to $45, and are available at the Stephens Auditorium box office, by phone at 800-982-2787 or online at ticketmaster.com.