19 venues, 2 countries, 1 day: Windsor Irish dance school set for busy St. Patrick's Day

The Emerald Isle Dance Society is a Windsor-based dance school whose two troupes will be performing all across Windsor-Essex and Metro Detroit on Saturday.

The Emerald Isle Dance Society is made up of more than 60 dancers from both sides of the border

Kennedy MacDougall, Carly Kelly, Cindy Ross, Mya Mulder and Sofia Wood are members of the Windsor-based Emerald Isle Dance Society. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

While many Windsorites will mark St. Patrick's Day by sitting down at local restaurant or pub, members of the Emerald Isle Dance Society will spend the feast day of Ireland's patron saint almost entirely on their feet.

Two troupes will be performing across the region Saturday for a total of 11 shows in Windsor-Essex and eight in Metro Detroit. 

"Absolutely insane is the only word for it," said Patrick Kelly, vice president of the non-profit group. "We can do upwards of 25 to 30 shows in this week."

More than 60 dancers, aged 3 to 21, are part of the school which started in 1987 and is based in a studio on Tecumseh Road West.

Jonathan Pinto caught up with the Emerald Isle Dance society during a performance for families on Friday at Devonshire Mall. 

Tap on the player to hear him talk about it with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre.

Many of us will be celebrating St. Patrick's day tomorrow by sitting down at a local restaurant or pub. But for one group in Windsor, St. Patrick's Day is spent entirely on their feet. Jonathan Pinto told us the story of the Emerald Isle Dance Society. 6:37
A list of the group's Windsor-Essex shows. (Emerald Isle Dance Society)
A list of the group's Metro Detroit shows. (Emerald Isle Dance Society)

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Jonathan Pinto

Jonathan Pinto is a reporter/editor at CBC Windsor, primarily assigned to Afternoon Drive, CBC Radio's regional afternoon show for southwestern Ontario. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.