Support = Survival

EVERY LITTLE STEP... the Rhythm of Hope

Dance Theatre of Ireland (IRL) & Soul Steps (USA)

Every Little Step... performance excerpts from Joyce Soho, NYC

Every Little Step... Photos Performances National Tour 2012

Every Little Step... slide show, Rehearsals   

Every Little Step... Third Steps, rehearsals excerpts 3     

APAP, NYC Showcase performances Jan 13 & 14 2013

Stam-pede Sun 13 Jan, 3pm Symphony Space
Dance Mix,
Sun 13 Jan, 10:30pm, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre

Focus 2013 Mon 14 Jan, 4:30pm, New York City Centre, Studio 4

NATIONAL TOUR Ireland 2012

Nov 2           Draíocht, Blanchardstown, 8pm  

Nov 6th–9th  Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, 8pm                                               School Matinees Nov 8th & 9th, 12pm

Nov 11          Workshop, DTI Centre for Dance, 3.30pm

Nov 13          Hawk’s Well, Sligo, 8pm

Nov 14          Workshop, Irish World Academy, UL, 4pm

Nov 15          Workshop, Irish World Academy, UL 10am                                           Performance, Irish World Academy, UL 8pm

Nov 17          Síamsa Tire, Tralee, 8pm

Nov 18          The Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork, 8pm

Nov 21          Monkstown Educate Together

Nov 22          Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 8pm 

Nov 23          Axis, Ballymun, 8pm

Nov 26          Town Hall Theatre, Galway, 8pm

Ch: Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick and Maxine Lyle

Dancers: Aurelia Michael, Robert Connor, Kyle V. Martin , Bridget Madden, Tess McHugh, Marc Stevenson, Andrew Vickers

Every Little Stepthe Rhythm of Hope premiered at the Joyce Soho in New York City as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s celebration of Irish Arts in America 2011.

Every Little Step... performance excerpts from Joyce Soho, NYC

Every Little Step... slide show  

Every Little Step... Third Steps, rehearsals excerpts 3     


“They are the music as well as the dance…a joyful… enunciation   of possibility and positivity…  …the high-jinks gymnastics of contemporary dance moves punctuated with breakdance spins….leave with a smile The Irish Times

“The fact that your heartbeat keeps going day in and day out is, in itself, something to be cheerful about.  This is the way you'll start thinking after seeing Every Little Step ... the Rhythm of Hope. The performers confront the reasons why, in the face of adversity, we continue to persevere.”  **** Metro Herald


“With recourse to contemporary, Irish, break and African-American step dance, the melding of the different forms also speaks loudly of the way dance can unite” **** Metro Herald


"really powerful performance…definitely go" Irish Arts Review, NYC

"seamless in its fusion... a fantastic show... inspiring" - NYC Dance Blog

"It shines in floor-skimming speed… percussive embroidery... the aural image of unity is persuasive and rousing" - The New York Times

"ebullient performances and choreography" Dance  NYC


The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof       Barbara Kingsolver

Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI) are pleased to premiere Every Little Step… the Rhythm of Hope, a collaboration with Soul Steps Company (NYC) combining African-American Stepping, Irish and urban rhythms, modern dance and storytelling. With dancers from both companies, it draws on exhilarating body percussion, sheer human energy and touches on the ways people sustain in good times and bad. 

An evolutionary and experimental meeting, the first of its kind, through rhythm, the spoken word, poetry and call and response, there is a physical musicality that drives the performance.  Clever, joyous, personal and highly energised.

With choreography by DTI Artistic Directors  Robert Connor & Loretta Yurick and Maxine Lyle  (Artistic Director Soul Steps) the two companies join forces working  in residencies in the USA and in Ireland. The creation and premiere of Every Little Step in November in New York was supported by Culture Ireland's Imagine Ireland, a year-long season of Irish arts in America. The National Tour of Every Little Step Every Little Step... the Rhythm of Hope is made possible by the support of the Arts Council of Ireland Touring & Dissemination Programme, the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and supporters on FundIt.

Outreach and audience engagement are uniquely part of the work of both Companies and the art form of Stepping.   Performances and workshops in unique settings will accompany Every Little Step along the way.

Every Little Step... Info & Biographies

Every Little Step... Second Steps, rehearsals excerpts 2

Every Little Step... First Steps,  rehearsals excerpts

Every Little Step... Informal showing September 28th - slide show  

Imagine Ireland Homepage

Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne & others invite you to Imagine Ireland

Colin Farrell invites you to Imagine!

Photography: Ewa Figaszewska

About Soul Steps
Soul Steps was founded in 2005 by step artist Maxine Lyle. Their mission is to expand the presence of stepping in the arts while creating avenues for cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities. They specialize in the live performance, artistic instruction, and educational outreach of African-based step dance.  Soul Steps reaches far beyond conventional boundaries and concentrates on the body as a percussive, story-telling instrument.

About African American Stepping “Stepping is tap dance without tap shoes, James Brown without the music of the JBs, Cab Calloway sans piano, a marching band without John Philip Sousa. It is jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, and rap without instruments. Stepping is lean and mean. The
music comes from the synchronised interplay of hands and feet, from chants and hollers. It is a way to make music using the body as instrument.
" (Washington Post)

Stepping is a unique dance tradition created by African American college students. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate poly- rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. Stepping comes from a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate.

Dance Theatre of Ireland
Dynamic and multi-faceted Dance Theatre of Ireland create a diverse range of work for Theatre, Festivals and the outdoors emanating from a world where the senses, the intellect and the heart co-exist and where life experiences and the imagination are equal parts.  It is one of Ireland’s premiere companies, touring internationally to France, Netherlands, Italy, England, Germany, the USA, Sweden, South Korea and Spain. Directed by Robert Connor and Loretta Yurick,  “Their work is a constant reflection on our human states of frailty and strength(Sunday Times, London) Through their extensive performance, education and outreach projects, and teaching activities (based in the Centre for Dance in Dun Laoghaire) they aim to share dance with as many people as possible.

Culture is the strongest ambassador of the human condition we   exchange around the world 

Kevin Spacey, Actor 

Accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. 

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. 

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Without hope life is meaning less and less. 

  Author Unknown 

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when   many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. 

Lin Yutang 



Every Little Step, Dance Theatre of Ireland

Photo: Keith Dixon

Photo: Ewa Figaszewska

Every Little Step, Aurelia Michael, Dance Theatre of Ireland

Photo: Keith Dixon

Photo: Ewa Figaszewska



(c) Copyright dance theatre of ireland 2001, tel:+ 353 1 280 3455 email: info(at)dancetheatreireland(dot)com





dance home