Infecting the City 2012
The Jewels - Irish Dancing

A group of Celtic dancers from the Southern Suburbs go through the paces made famous by the Riverdance


Fiona du Plooy


Jewel Route 1: Mon 21 at 11h00 and 1310
Jewel Route 2: Fri 25 at 11h00 and 13h10


Jewel Route 1 begins at the Grand Parade market
Jewel Route 2 begins in the Golden Acre Foyer

‘Irish dance is all about footwork,’ says Fiona. ‘It has a lovely, uplifting, bubbly flavour. It’s really a tradition that channels the life force.’

There are various Irish dances. Those that use hard shoes for sharp, quick, toe-tapping beats include the hornpipe and triple jig, while the single jig, flip jig and easy reel employ soft shoes and create gentler rhythms. But all the dances make for fun, lively and very energetic performances.

Fiona has been working with four young Irish female dancers who practise at Heather Booysen’s Claddagh Irish Dancing School in Bergvliet. Heather says the aim of the school is to ‘impart the Irish and Scottish dance culture to all students in a happy environment’. Her dancers regularly participate in national competitions.

A bonus to Fiona’s Jewel squad is Thorsten Möller, a 16-year-old German adventurer and exchange student who’s been crowned a South African champ of Irish jig!

Fiona du Plooy

Fiona du Plooy

Fiona is a choreographer whose evocative visual style, comprehensive movement vocabulary and knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance have been seen in work created for theatre and television. As well as conceptualising her own work, she has an intuitive ability to respond to the artistic vision of others in a range of disciplines and media. Fiona has an ability to express comic timing and irony in movement, delighting audiences with her choreo read more...