Upland dance company tapped for LA Clippers halftime performance

By in Press Enterprise on October 3, 2017

By Liset Marquez

UPLAND >> Lorna Harwich’s students in the Irish Dimensions Dance Company have been a sought-out act for the last 15 years.

Over the years, they’ve performed at Disneyland, the LA County Fair and even private parties.

“I don’t have to get on the phone to book events, they come to us, but I would have never thought to call the Clippers,” said Harwich, director of the company.

According to the team’s entertainment coordinator, Harwich said she was told this will be the first time any Irish dance group has ever performed at a Clippers game. Eric Yoo, with the Clippers, confirmed the group has been invited to perform, but both Yoo and Harwich have finalized a date in the season.

Earlier this year, Harwich and assistant director Kaitlin Breen were contacted by the basketball organization about performing this upcoming season.

Irish Dimensions offers performance instruction for students as young as 3 years old and a range of levels in both traditional Irish and Riverdance technique, two beautiful styles of dance that

incorporate all the elements of ballet, tap and lyrical dance forms.

This year, the dance company is adding “Cry of the Celts” to its repertoire, said Harwich, who also serves as the artistic director. Even though their performance is months away, Harwich said she will start making preparations since they will only have five minutes. Most performances range from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

“To perform in the Staples Center, for me it’s a wonderful way to get more exposure,” Harwich said. “It’s a window into what more to come.”

When Harwich started her dance studio in Upland, she had just left an organization that participated in competitions.

It was something she didn’t want to expose her students, she said.

“I don’t like the concept of competing, and it can be very expensive,” Harwich said.

So she made it a goal […]    

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