An Interview with Peyton Davis, Irish Step DancerPeyton Davis, two-time National Irish Step Dancing Champion, is performing in the Christmas Revels production of An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice. There will be four performances in the historic Boulder Theater on Sunday, December 14, and Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m./p>
Q Hi Peyton. We’re excited to have you joining The Christmas Revels this year. How long have you been an Irish step dancer?
A I’ve been dancing for seven years, now.
Q How did you first get interested into Irish step dancing?
A When I was six years old, I saw a performance of Irish step dancing and loved it. I asked my parents about taking lessons and started them right away. I danced for four years in Virginia and then we moved to Colorado, and I have been dancing with Celtic Steps ever since.
Q It looks like step dancing is difficult. What do you like best about it, and are there parts of it that you do not like as much?
A I love competing, and I also love working hard to get better. It feels really good to work very hard, and accomplish something significant.
Q What are the parts of step dancing that we may not see from the outside?
A The teamwork is really great. I love being on teams because we have to work together to create something wonderful, and then it feels really rewarding to be successful as a team.
Q What do you like best about competing?
A I think the thing I love best is “the Majors”. These are the regional, national, and world ranked competitions that occur each year. It is so exciting to work up to the Majors and then give it all you’ve got on stage. I‘ve met new friends from all over the country and the world, and I love seeing them at these competitions.
Q How did you feel when you won the North American Irish Step-Dancing Championships for a second year in a row, both 2013 and 2014?
A I was so happy! I felt like all my hard work paid off!
Q Now that you’ve had such phenomenal success at an early age, what do you plan to do with your Irish step dancing?
A I hope to dance for the next few years until I go to college. And, maybe I can dance professionally someday.
Q The Christmas Revels celebrates a different tradition and culture each year. They haven’t had an Irish Revels for seven years, so this is a whole new show that most people haven’t seen yet. Had you ever heard of The Christmas Revels, before you joined them to dance in their Christmas performances in December this year?
A No, the first time I heard about Revels was when I was given this opportunity by my dance teachers at Celtic Steps. I am very excited to perform with the Revels. It will be something different and exciting for me. I can’t wait to be in a new show that people haven’t even seen before.
Q What do you think will be the best part of dancing in The Christmas Revels— An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice?
A I think being in a show that combines music, dance, and storytelling will be a really neat experience for me. I am looking forward to meeting new people and wearing traditional costumes instead of what I wear for competitions. I hope the audience loves it.
Q If you could give one piece of advice to youngsters who sees you dance in The Christmas Revels this year, and want to try Irish step-dancing, what would it be?
A I think I would tell them “always work hard, and try to achieve your goals. Never give up!”
Q Last question, Peyton: What are your biggest achievements so far in Irish dance?
A I would have to say my biggest achievements so far are winning two National Championships and also being a World medal holder.
Q Thanks, Peyton. Can’t wait to see you in December at the Boulder Theater in The Christmas Revels—An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice!
Remarkable Instrumentalists in The Christmas Revels this year!
Margot Krimmel- Celtic Harpist
Whether teaching harp, composing, recording or performing, Denver native Margot Krimmel is known for her innovative, authentic style. Colorado Matters host Ryan Werner describes her latest CD with Beth Gadbaw, Icy December, as “Stunning”. www.WhiteBirdsMusic.com
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa- Colorado’s most well-known Celtic Duo
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa are two of Colorado’s most sought-after traditional Irish musicians. Since 2004, they have been journeying together through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Adam and Jon have put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages. adamageejonsousa.com
Jeff Bain- Revels Irish piper
Jeff Bain has played a wide variety of European bagpipes for over 25 years. Having previously taken part in the Revel's Scottish, Irish, and Appalachian shows, he's thrilled to be back this year.
Firing Line- Revels Folk Band
Jason Dilg and Gina Andreucci perform traditional tunes from Appalachia and the American Midwest, as well as neo-traditional interpretations of ballads. Each came to this music through the summer fiddler's conventions in the South, and carry these rich traditions forward. Gina founded Firing Line String Band, and Jason joined the band last year as the guitarist.
Our Own Flagstaff Brass Quintet
The Flagstaff Brass Quintet has been making music together in the Denver area for 30 years. They have been proud to have performed in every Rocky Mountain Revels since the Revels came to Boulder!