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'Riverdance' creators plan new touring show 'Heartbeat of Home' that mixes in salsa, hip-hop

This Oct. 2013 photo provided by Riverdream Productions shows a scene from the World Premiere of "Heartbeat of Home," in Dublin. The new Irish dance show kicks off at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto next month running from Jan. 21-March 2 and then makes stops in Chicago's Oriental Theatre from March 4-16, Detroit's Fisher Theatre from March 18-23 and Boston's Wang Theater from March 25 March-April 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Copyright Riverdream Productions, Jim Byrne)
December 19, 2013 - 9:04 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The folks behind "Riverdance" have a new thundering Irish dance show poised to tour North America, but they stress it's not "Riverdance II."

Called "Heartbeat of Home," the show integrates the Emerald Isle's signature high-stepping with the tango, the flamenco, Cuban salsa and even hip-hop.

It grew out of and reflects the growing multiculturalism of Ireland in the past two decades, since "Riverdance" first appeared.

Says producer Moya Doherty: "We felt that together with the fusion of other cultures, we could broaden out the base and embrace and display what 20 years have done to Irish music and dance."

The new show kicks off in Toronto next month and then makes stops in Chicago, Detroit and Boston through April.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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