Very excited to announce that two former stars of Riverdance have stepped their way into the cast of McGoldrick’s Thread!!!
Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman bring their years of performing and competing internationally to our already talented cast of dancers.
Jason has been heavily involved in the dancing industry his entire life. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he won 5 consecutive State and National Solo Irish dancing titles from 1999-2003. He also performed in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony alongside Tap Dogs in 2000 at just 15 years of age.
In early 2004, Jason joined the world famous Riverdance. Shortly thereafter, Jason was asked to train for the lead role, and successfully went on to star as the principle male dancer for over two years. Jason has performed with Riverdance over a six-year period in over 25 countries.
Realizing that Irish dance shows were following a routine and somewhat monotonous pattern since the conception of Riverdance in 1994, Jason has recently been developing a new concept of Irish dance that attempts to break the barriers and traditional restraints that have been placed on this engaging art form.
As a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Garrett was trained in traditional Irish step dance at the Burke School under the tutelage of the internationally renowned Theresa Burke. Despite his traditional background, Garrett has consistently found himself drawn to rhythmically innovative types of movement that push the boundaries of athleticism through dance. In addition to Irish Step, he has trained in hip hop, tap, and contemporary movement.
Competitively, Garrett was named the two-time World Champion (2004, 2005) and All Ireland Champion (2004). He is also a nine-time Mid-American Champion and has held the North American title six times. In 2006, he was a silver medalist and scholarship winner with the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In June of 2006, he met President Bush at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Garrett has toured professionally with Riverdance and Trinity Irish Dance Company and has performed with various other groups, including Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftans, Eileen Ivers, Gaelic Storm, Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, David Dorfman of NYC, and Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre.