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Spirit of the Dance   
2701 W Hwy 76
Branson, 65616
Branson Reviewed rated
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" Entertainment reviews usually start at the beginning of the show, provide specific information, point out memorable moments in the production, and then conclude with a specific opinion or recommendation. Well, not this time. In reviewing SPIRIT OF THE DANCE, we’ve decided to stand the rules on their head and start at the finale.

After experiencing two high-spirited hours of authentic Irish singing and dancing, the huge crowd packed into the Branson Variety Theatre leaped to their feet and rewarded the talented cast with a heart-felt, extended standing ovation. Oh, and by the way, nobody dropped a flag or played an anthem. It was a sincere and spontaneous outpouring of gratitude and respect for a show well done. This baby was real. This show is wonderful.

SPIRIT OF THE DANCE is like a big warm Irish hug. It is a love letter, really, direct from the old country. The production is performed with so much individual dedication and personal style that it is just about impossible to dislike the show.

After the opening (over-) dramatic moments set the stage, SPIRIT OF THE DANCE explodes with raw energy and personal style. The spirits fly high and stay there throughout the entire production. It is non-stop pounding, stomping, tapping, clogging, and the toughest and tightest dancing you’ll see anywhere. The moves are clean. The smiles are bright. This show is a winner.

The large and talented cast fills the stage from beginning until end. The guys are fine but those gals? Well, they are great. Now it is one thing to witness cool and complex dance moves but quite another to experience the pure love of dance, to feel the palpable passion for expressive movement. From delicate Ballet to flaming Flamenco, with some raw street moves kicked-in for good measure, this show honors the many ways the spirit can animate someone. I must confess that some of the more funky stuff felt a bit like watching a Dublin gymnastics team warm- up before competition, but hey- the show is all about letting the spirit transforming you to your higher self. There’s even a heartwarming finale that the dancers perform seated. Using hands and not feet, the multi-talented cast proves that the SPIRIT OF THE DANCE is within us all, and as the curtain falls, the audience lets the spirit move them up from their seats. Every person in the B.V. Theater stood in awe of a job well done, a show well presented and an evening well spent.

BRANSON REVIEWED salutes producer David King for bringing a wee-bit of culture to the Ozarks. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and show business) but King went the other way. Rather than presenting just another variety show, the owner of the Branson Variety Theatre set his sites much higher. He took Riverdance to the next level and it pays off in wave after wave of excitement. We respect his vision with this production and sister show Broadway (same cast but reviewed on this website separately).


That’s a mouthful of Latin for you. What it means, really, is that there are so many of us who want to be more Irish than the Irish themselves. And who among us hasn’t stretched the truth (and the branches on our family tree) on St. Patrick’s Day? It is that self-same strong desire to link ourselves back to that mythical past that allows Spirit to take over our imagination, and to join us to the origins of Ireland and the birth of that delirious desire to dance.

SPIRIT OF THE DANCE presents great costumes, numerous costume changes, sky-high energy, authentic excitement and full-out dancing. There is so much to fall in love with that I’d bet many other shows in Branson are green with envy.

If you buy a ticket to SPIRIT OF THE DANCE, go ahead and let the spirit move you, but try to remember your seat number, even though you probably won’t be in it for very long.

BRANSON REVIEWED rises to our feet and awards SPIRIT OF THE DANCE a sparkling FOUR STARS.
" - Branson Reviewed

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