5 Irish Step Dancing Shows in Southeast Michigan

Experience the traditional Irish dance at these local performances in 2023.
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Photograph from Riverdance via 313Presents.com

Irish step dancing is a traditional form of Gaelic or Celtic dance that involves intricate footwork with little to no upper body movement accompanied by drums, fiddles, accordions, and more.

This March, metro Detroit is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Irish American Heritage Month with step dancing performances by local and national dance groups. Get details on those upcoming events here.

17th Annual St. Patrick’s & St. Joseph’s Day Party

The Detroit/Redford branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is once again celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day with dinner and a party, which features Irish music and dancing. March 11. American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights; detroitaoh.org.

Canterbury Village St. Patrick’s Day Party

Canterbury Village is going green for St Patrick’s Day with two parties. The first will feature Irish food and drink along with live music by Full Kilt. The second will feature live music by the Bakon Brothers and Full Kilt, along with bagpipers and Irish steppers. March 11 and 17. Canterbury Village, 2357 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion; canterburyvillage.com.  

Founder’s Day Celebration

The Rochester Historical Commission is celebrating the founding of Rochester Hills with an event that features performances by the Shannon Irish Dance Academy and bagpiper Yolanda McDonald. March 12. Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills; Eventbrite.com.

The StepCrew

This dance company includes five virtuoso dancers, five musicians, and one vocalist that put a spin on classic Irish step by combining it with Tap and Ottawa Valley. March 17. FIM Capitol Theatre, 140 E. 2nd St., Flint; tickets.thewhiting.com.

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

The award-winning international dance group is bringing their magic to the Motor City for three performances in celebration of the show’s 25th year. March 24-25. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313presents.com.  

Find even more St. Patrick’s Day events and things to do in metro Detroit at HourDetroit.com.