If you go
What: "Lord of the Dance"
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Clay Center
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Katie Kerrigan brought a great Irish name and dancing credentials to her role with "Lord of the Dance."
The 26-year-old Chicago native said when she expressed interest in Irish dance at 5, her parents had no trouble finding a local school dedicated to it. The family had been to a St. Patrick's Day party where Kerrigan apparently watched some dancers with interest and said she wanted to try it.
"I was enrolled in a class the next week, and I did that all the way until I was 18," she said. She also took gymnastics from age 3 to 12, when it started interfering with her dance, and she was a high school cheerleader.
At 16, she tried out for a spot with Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" extravaganza and two years later, right out of high school, she landed a part.
"When I started, I was maybe only going to join the show for a year or two," she said, adding she had aspirations to go to nursing school and still does.
But the world travel has been a continued draw, along with the traditional dance style Kerrigan loves.