The Center for the Arts at Pepperdine will host a performance by the StepCrew, featuring six virtuosic dancers, a sensational vocalist, and five dynamic musicians performing some of the most exhilarating Irish and Ottawa Valley step dancing and tap to be seen on stage today. The performance will take place at Smothers Theatre, Malibu, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 17.
Led by the Pilatske Brothers, Jon and Nathan, from Ontario, Canada, the StepCrew is the first of its kind to combine three unique styles of dance: Irish step, traditional tap, and Ottawa Valley step.
With its unique fusion of Celtic, traditional, and rock genres, the StepCrew takes Celtic dance to the next level. The production demonstrates the similarities between these various forms with flair and humor, introducing the loose-limbed and hilariously virtuosic Ottawa Valley style. The Pilatske Brothers and Cara Butler—best known as the Chieftains' top Irish dancer for the last two decades—are joined by a five-piece, red-hot Celtic band and accompanied by the haunting vocals of Alyth McCormack from the remote Scottish Hebrides.
Paddy Moloney, founding member of the Chieftains, says, "The StepCrew is a brilliant visual and musical display of the most talented dancers I've seen. Having worked with them for the last eight years has been a true tonic for the Chieftains. The StepCrew does not simply draw their audience in, they take them by the hand and remind us what dance is meant to be about—fun."
The Worcester Telegram (Massachusetts) notes, "There was Celtic thunder at Mechanics Hall last night. The StepCrew, a new tap-dancing, fiddle-wielding group from Canada, shuffled, step danced, jigged, clogged, bowed, and beguiled its way to a standing ovation...They didn't just deserve it. They earned it. The youthful troupe worked at a ceaselessly frenetic pace, expending enough energy to light up a small city."
Tickets, priced at $40, $30, or $20 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling the Smothers Theatre Box Office at (310) 506-4522. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787.
For more information, visit the Center for the Arts website.