Hundreds of passers-by stopped to watch Riverdance and other dance schools perform in Dublin city center as part of the 12-hour Riverdanceathon charity event.
Around 400 dancers across Ireland danced for LauraLynn, a children’s hospice, in their communities, donating their time to perform during the Riverdanceathon to raise money and raise awareness for charities.
The Riverdance troupe began the day with a live performance at 10:00 am outside the Gaiety Theater and returned throughout the day to entertain the audience.
The troupe spent their free time cheering on the young dancers as they performed their shows. In addition to the entertainment, audiences of all ages volunteered to try their hand at Irish dancing and take a short workshop from the Riverdance Troupe.
At 7:30 pm, the troupe led by Mairead Trainor and Matthew Gardiner took the stage at the Gaiety Theatre, with all ticket proceeds donated to Laura Lynn.
Riverdance started the Riverdanceathon tradition in 2016 and highlighted the importance of continuing to support local charities every year during the event.
LauraLynn serves as a hospice for children with living disabilities and provides residential care for children and young people with disabilities. LauraLynn also provides support to families in their own homes.
“Each year, we try to select a charity that we think our brand can do something in terms of awareness,” said Riverdance dance captain Padraic Moyles.
“We should have done it in 2020 before the pandemic, but we wanted to make sure we delivered on what we started.”