Trinity Irish Dance Company
Press Release

Trinity Irish Dance Company kicks off the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts’ 2018/2019 season with their first Milwaukee performing arts theater appearance in over a decade.

This two-night-only appearance will feature several world previews.

By - Jun 21st, 2018 02:33 pm

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (June 21, 2018) — Fresh off a three-week tour of Japan, Milwaukee’s own Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) will open the 2018/2019 Season at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. Called “sophisticated and commanding” by the Los Angeles Times and “impossibly complex” by The New York Times, the company of elite dancers from across North America including five from Milwaukee will present both classic and groundbreaking new works.

Not to be confused with the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Milwaukee/Chicago based TIDC is an internationally acclaimed performing arts company that offers something profoundly unique – the transcendence of craft to art and a dance legacy that is rooted in tradition yet forward-looking and new.

This two-night-only appearance will feature several world previews. Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy’s first collaboration reveals AN SORCAS, a comment on the battle between substance and spectacle. Irish born, Berlin-based contemporary choreographer Marguerite Donlon offers TRACK 6, an unprecedented fusion of contemporary and Irish movement.

Several Milwaukee premieres will round out the program, including Mark Howard’s SOLES, a tribal and timeless explosion of lightning-fast agility. Howard and Sandy Silva’s COMMUNION is a synthesis of forms rooted in the profound power of connection while Howard’s PUSH celebrates TIDC’s consistent mission to present males and females on equal footing.

Through a unique blend of hard-driving percussive power and aerial grace,  TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment as recently recognized by The New York Times: “As if on the women’s terms”, and The Boston Globe: “Where the women make the form their own.”

“We are driven by the power of dance to change lives, and to celebrate Irish dance through a performing arts lens. The company is grateful to have the opportunity to do so at home.” -Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard

TIDC’s homecoming will include outreach programming and free Irish dance lessons in Milwaukee-area schools, in line with TIDC and Sharon Lynne Wilson Center’s missions to elevate the community.

Ticket prices for the Sept. 28-29 TIDC performances are $39-$72 (subject to increase based on demand) and are available now by phone at 262-781-9520, online at, or in person at the Wilson Center Box Office. Discounts are also available to groups of 10 or more and may be reserved now through the Wilson Center Box Office.

TIDC is presented as part of the Wilson Center’s 2018/2019 Performing Arts Series, which is made possible by Series Sponsors Enterforce, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., and Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. The Wilson Center is grateful for the support of Show Media Partner 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.


Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC), a critically acclaimed, non-profit company, is the high watermark of the art form, offering something profoundly significant – the transcendence of craft to art and a dance legacy that is rooted in tradition yet forward looking and ever evolving. The result is a fresh, engaging, and integrity filled vision that goes beyond the source without losing touch with its essence.

Founded in 1990 by Choreographer/Artistic Director Mark Howard, TIDC is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, which directly influenced commercial productions such as “Riverdance.” TIDC has graced stages throughout the world, with sold-out tours in Europe and Asia and appearances in such distinguished venues as Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Joyce Theatre, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall and Tokyo’s Orchard Hall, among many others. Howard’s work has appeared in numerous feature films and national television programs including six segments on the Tonight Show.

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It is the mission of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts to serve as the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts. The Wilson Center is a multidisciplinary nonprofit cultural arts facility with a 16-year history of excellence. The Wilson Center’s programming is designed to transform both individual lives and whole communities through the power of the art; situated in a 400-acre park in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the Wilson Center is recognized as a cultural anchor in the Greater Milwaukee community and focuses on three main disciplines: Performing Arts, Arts Education, and Visual Arts. Since opening in 2002, the Wilson Center has continued to celebrate its five core values of excellence, innovation, passion, stewardship, and collaboration through an outstanding and diverse array of world-class performances, educational programs, classes, festivals, and special events. The Wilson Center now annually welcomes more than 45,000 people, including more than 10,000 students every year. To learn more, visit

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