"THE ADVANCED DANCE TECHNIQUE ANDREW VICKERS STRIKES SPARKS...." THE NEW YORK TIMES
Andrew Vickers (Galway, Ireland) is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 17 years professional experience in the industry. His extensive career has seen him perform on almost every continent including tours of Australia, USA, Canada, China, Germany, UK, UAE, Bahrain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Spain & Portugal.
He has performed and collaborated with a number of bands, trad groups and orchestras including Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, Teada, Seamus Begley and Jim Murray, Buille, David Munnelly, Zoe Conway, Mairitin O'Connor, Damien Mullane, Colin Farrell, Dessie O'Halloran, Caitlin Warbelow (Riverdance, Heartland, Come From Away), RURA, Connla, Dave Brown (Picture House), The Dubai Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of Ireland. Prestigious venues and events include The Irish National Concert Hall, INEC Killarney, The Waterfront Belfast, Joyce SoHo NYC, Alte Opera Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin, The Berlin film festival (Cinema for Peace) for audiences including Liam Neeson, Leonardo DeCaprio, Mikhail Gorbachev, Christopher Lee and other dignitaries.
At the young age of 14 Andrew was offered a position with RIVERDANCE as part of their flying squad. After a number of rehearsals with the company he was headhunted by one of Ireland’s leading Irish Music & Dance producers and began performing internationally as principal dancer for their shows Spirit of Ireland, To Dance on the Moon, Dance of Desire and Magic of The Dance. It wasn't long before Andrew took up the position of choreographer for some of these productions as well as being credited with choreography for Canadian based productions The Magic of Ireland and The Echoes of Ireland, the latter, a stage show written by Limerick brothers
Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt.
Since graduating from The University of Limerick with a MA in Traditional Dance Performance Andrew has gone on to work with Dance Theatre of Ireland and their collaboration with Soul Steps (NYC) entitled Every Little Step...The Rhythm of Hope. This show premiered at The Joyce SoHo NYC in 2011. Most recently since moving to the USA Andrew has been invited to teach, Choreograph and appear as featured artist for The Trinity Irish Dance Company (Chicago) alongside artistic director and Emmy award winner Mark Howard.
Throughout his career Andrew has been influenced by many dancers and styles of percussive dance including sean nos (old style Irish Dance) tap dance, African American Stepping and more. Although his unique style of Irish Dance blends these different genres at times, he believes it is important to remember the roots of his training and the traditional dance form that shaped him as a performer today: stepping forward while looking back.
Workshops and Masterclasses Andrew has given span the world over including the National Ballet of Zimbabwe, University of Limerick, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Chicago, The Irish Arts Center NYC and The Childrens Museum of Arts NYC amongst others throughout Asia, Europe, Canada and the USA!
At present Andrew resides in the USA with his wife Erin and 1 year old daughter Isla. Together they teach Irish Dance in a non- competitive setting through their organistion Club Rince – The Irish Dance Club which is celebrating its first year. The main focus of Club Rince is Fun, Family, Friends, Community,Culture and Performance.
Recently Andrew produced his own stage show, Imagine Ireland which premiered in New Jersey and will go on to tour in 2017 sharing live Irish Music, Song and Dance with the people of America and beyond!