Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rhythms of Ireland; Tonight at the Gympie Civic Centre

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rhythms of Ireland; Tonight at the Gympie Civic Centre

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The youngest of six children, The Rhythms of Ireland male lead, David Moore started dancing when he was only nine years old.

But that was a late start, according to the Moore family.

He said his sister bribed him to go to his first lesson with 50 pence and nine months later he was ranked third in the world after competing in the world Irish dance championships.

"It was just easy, I just enjoyed it, its great fun and a social class," he said.

Ever since that first class he entered into international competition on a yearly basis until he became a professional dancer, with his first major gig dancing for River Dance.

David made friends all around the world and said it was a great education traveling and competing in different countries.

"It was so much fun," he recalled.

This year's return of The Rhythms of Ireland follows on from the highly-successful and critically acclaimed sell-out Australian tour in 2008 and 2009.

And you can see David and Ireland's most celebrated and elite company of dancers and musicians with their awe-inspiring and innovative new production at the Gympie Civic Centre tonight.

David said he never banked on becoming a professional dancer and instead had completed a business degree.

The self confessed entrepreneur said at first his dream was to have his own business but when he retired from dancing he would focus on choreography.

David said being a professional Irish dancer was demanding in more ways that one.

"You give your joints a pounding and it's a very thorough workout and physically exhausting."

He is enjoying being in Australia and recently had a recent few days off in Airlie Beach.

and has friends all over the country.

With some agood friendsa in Queensland David said he visits Australia at least once a year.

"It's absolutely beaut."

Irish dance has only been on the world stage since 1994, he said, and was still in its infancy.

But the dance itself is 100's of years old and is gaining in popularity.

"There's paddy's everywhere."

"I think its always been popular but it has definitely grown over the years."

Rhythms of Ireland dancers are performing from Melbourne to Darwin and shows are still selling.

David said the Rhythms of Ireland style was like River Dance, with a particularly strong cast that had all done major shows.

He said all the dancers were very professional and being a part of the group was a lot of fun.

"Like any dance its highly energetic."

Irish dance started hundreds of years ago when dance masters would travel from village to village passing on their techniques.

And it has evolved into what it is today.

The Rhythms of Ireland are the spirit of the Emerald Isle. …

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