Nic Gareiss


Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, morphing dance into a medium that appeals to both the eyes and the ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, garnered through his ethnographic work in Ireland, Canada, Spain and the American south, to weave together a dance technique in service of his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance from Ireland and America, including The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Dervish, Buille, Liz Carroll, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes. He has concertized in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden and continues to tour internationally, working with dance communities and presenting solo percussive dance choreography and dance research. Nic holds degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his MA in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick.
At Celtic Colours he will perform with harpist Maeve Gilchrest, Kimberley Fraser and his fellow Artist in Residence, Mac Morin.

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