- $20 for one ticket to see Rhythm of the Dance (up to $43.85 value)
- When: Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Florida Theatre Jacksonville
- Seating: orchestra or balcony
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
Rhythm of the Dance
Rhythm of the Dance is more than a celebration of traditional Irish music and step-dancing—it’s also a visual retrospective of the Emerald Isle. Each of the evening’s short dances depicts a different person or event from Irish history, as performed by The National Dance Company of Ireland. There’s “Blind Encounter,” a surprisingly comic take on the war for independence in the 18th century, and “The Drill,” a more somber number about revolutionary leader Michael Collins. In “The Hill of Tara,” the pagan Celts meet the Christian faithful at the former seat of the King of Ireland, while in “Celtic Warriors” the dancers embody traditional Celtic battle-drums. It’s not all ancient history either: other vignettes take place in the era of swing music, the rocking 1960s, and the current cyborg uprising.
When it opened in 1927, the Florida Theatre was the largest of 15 cinemas in downtown Jacksonville. Today, it's the city's last surviving vestige of that era's iconic architecture. Designed by New Yorker R.E. Hall and Jacksonvillian Roy Benjamin, the venue is a prime example of the Mediterranean Revival style, with a ceiling covered in glittering stars and a six-story proscenium arch. And even as the entertainment industry shifted towards television, the Florida Theatre survived by hosting interactive game nights and concerts from underground artists, including Elvis Presley. The space was renovated In the early 1980s, and today it returns to its entertaining roots by hosting live events and classic film screenings.