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Bar hosts MU Irish dancers for St. Patrick's Day

Monday, March 17, 2014 | 11:20 p.m. CDT; updated 11:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 17, 2014
MU's Irish heritage club Pure Irish celebrates St. Patrick's Day on Monday night at International Tap House. The group, founded in November 2012, performed dances and tin whistle music.

COLUMBIA — As the violinist's bow pulled the first notes from his strings, a hush fell over the St. Patrick's Day bar-goers gathered in the International Tap House.

The audience gathered around. A slow clap began to gain momentum as a guitar, tin whistle, flute and harp sank into harmony.

Natalie Chorzel works at the bar as a waitress, but she wasn't there to serve beer. She was there to dance.

Chorzel is a member of MU's Pure Irish Club, which performed Monday for an enthusiastic St. Patrick's Day crowd. She has been practicing Irish dance for about 11 years, and she was excited to showcase the culture in Columbia.

"Bar shows are the most fun because people are the most into them," Chorzel said. 

Beers in hand, the bar's guests watched Chorzel and six other dancers perform traditional Irish routines to a wide variety of live music. Along with classic Irish tunes, the band played popular songs such as "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and "Galway Girl" by Steve Earle.

As a beer pitcher at the front of the stage steadily filled with tips, the Pure Irish performance seemed to briefly transform this mid-Missouri bar into a lively Dublin pub. 


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