Founded in 1990 as a way to celebrate the pioneering work of Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard, this innovative company is constantly searching for original means of expression while maintaining a high regard for tradition. Howard’s uniquely Irish-American company was the birthplace of progressive Irish dance which opened new avenues of artistic expression that led directly to commercial productions such as “Riverdance”.
After founding the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance in 1982, Howard’s competitive dancers soon began to win unprecedented world team titles for the United States at the World Championships of Irish Dance. Not content to simply win trophies, Howard ultimately began to venture outside the framework of ethnicity, expanding Trinity’s range and repertoire in a host of imaginative new directions. This led to the founding of the nonprofit TIDC which began providing a unique forum for creativity that ultimately attracted dancers from schools around the world.
By using Irish dance as an instrument and a metaphor, TIDC crossed both cultural and disciplinary boundaries in important ways. Through the years, TIDC has collaborated with many noted contemporary choreographers which have led them to an increased vocabulary of movement. The result is a thoroughly fresh and engaging artistic vision that goes beyond the source without losing touch with its essence.
TIDC has performed to great critical and popular acclaim on 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 and New Victory Theatres, Tokyo’s Orchard Hall and Los Angeles’s Royce Hall, among many others. TIDC holds a unique place in the dance world, offering both a highly skilled presentation of traditional Irish step dance and a brilliantly engaging interpretation of contemporary world vision.