Taste of Irish heritage comes to S. Florida

Cast member Maria Buffini and Marty Dowds
Cast member Maria Buffini and Marty Dowds
Rachel won't be joining the cast of Riverdance anytime soon.
Rachel won't be joining the cast of Riverdance anytime soon.

When you leave work at the end of the day, you probably don't need to ice your entire body. But for the cast of Riverdance, it's just another day.

Maria Buffini, Riverdance cast member, says "We have ice buckets of ice backstage, and a lot of people just step into them."

"And we stay in there for 10 minutes," chimes in Riverdance cast member Marty Dowds.

Maria and Marty travel the U.S. giving audiences a taste of their Irish heritage. "A lot of the kids at home [Ireland], obviously, tried dancing because it's part of tradition. And, if you stick at it, it eventually became a job prospect when Riverdance became about," says Maria.

Riverdance began as a seven minute dance segment in 1994. Now, it's a full-scale production. In fact, Riverdance has entertained more than 21 million people across four continents.

"Years ago, Irish dancing was just a hobby for people. Now, it's huge. It's everywhere. There's a dance school probably in every state in America. It's just amazing how fast it's grown," Marty says.

I then decided to learn a few basic moves, and - not to my surprise - I was horrible!

Maria and Marty then decided to speed things up. "The steps in the show are really basic Irish dance steps. It's just that the formations make the steps look harder than what they really are.

Riverdance will play seven Farewell Performances at the Kravis Center in West Palm Wednesday through Sunday.