Clann na Cara Irish dance troupe forced to cancel some St. Patrick's Day weekend engagements

Posted at 10:43 AM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 11:19:18-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Clann na Cara Irish Dance troupe calls the St. Patrick's Day season its "March Madness."

"There are three different show teams and each show team is fully booked throughout March with tons of shows," said 14-year-old dancer Emerie Ficarilli. "It's very busy and demanding but it's really fun to hang out with my friends, do the shows and perform for people."

But now, some of its main weekend engagements have been canceled. Coronavirus concerns around the country caused the city of Buffalo to drop all of its St. Patrick's Day parades and festivities.

The young dancers are devastated.

"I can tell you not only the dancers, but the parents are quite disappointed about a lot of the cancellations," said Clann na Cara co-owner Mary Kate Conrad. "You have a lot of family members that will come and see your child dance at various locations and things like that. So it's kind of a hard one for them."

In total, the troupe says it had more than 70 shows booked for the month of March.

But the month of March is just their busiest season. You can book them any time of the year on their website.

Clann na Cara also tells us that you can try Irish dancing for yourself in a four-week-long mini-session. You can find the registration information here.