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Riverdance Taps Into Raleigh

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RALEIGH — Audience members were on their feet cheering Tuesday night after 98 legs moved nonstop for two and a half hours whenRiverdanceopened atRaleigh Memorial Auditorium.

The popular Irish dance program is familiar to most anyone who has watched television during the past few years.

The program's new stars, Tarra Barry and Michael Patrick Gallagher, have been Riverdancing for three and half years, and that is a lot of kicking.

"Even in trying to go to sleep, steps are going over and over in your head," Gallagher says.

They move and groove nonstop, something they love and hope to do for several more years.

"We're all really enjoying it at the moment and we just want it to last for as long as possible," Gallagher says.

They love their jobs so much, they even went out of their way to teach WRAL's David Crabtree some steps.

The show -- without David -- received three standing ovations Tuesday night.

Riverdance runs through February 13.


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