Students from the Belisama Irish Dance Company and School descended on the Los Alamos Unitarian Church Saturday afternoon to show residents their latest jigs, reels and step dancing.
The students and members of the Belisama Irish Dance Company are an award-winning troupe of step dance enthusiasts who have won many awards since it opened in 2006. The event raised more than $1,500 at the event.
Funds raised through tickets and a raffle at the show paid for new uniforms. Next year, the troupe plans to hit the road and begin competing again.
“We’ve decided to take a break this year since we have a lot of young dancers,” Belisama Director Adrienne Bellis said.
The troupe was founded in 2006 and has won awards for their step dancing from numerous competitions across the country. Members have garnered awards from the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships and have featured special guests at shows in the past, such as Riverdance star Michael Patrick Gallagher, former Stomp dancer Seán Curran, choreographer Kieran Jordan, fiddler Laura Cortese and choreographer Ronan McCormack.
But you don’t have to be a star to be in Belisama, you just have to have passion for dancing.
Adraic Sparks, 21, joined the troupe a couple of years ago.