Belisama Irish Dancers Perform At James A. Little Theater March 15

Photo by Kate Russell


The community is invited to join the Belisama Irish Dancers 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe for Rhythm of Fire 2020, a wee bit early for St. Patrick’s Day.

A family friendly celebration of dance and music from Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Mexico.

They are joined this year by special guests from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco programs, as well as Highland Dance Albuquerque.

A fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing styles with music that will have the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet,  2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

Tickets are $15 for children/students/seniors and $20 for adults. Visit or call 505.988.1234 to purchase tickets.

Founded in 2006 by owner and director Adrienne Bellis and co-director Celia Bassett, Belisama Irish Dance School strives to help children and adults, ages 5 and up, to cultivate a love for traditional dance styles through a fun program that emphasizes health, creativity and cooperation. As well as performing with renowned artists such as Eileen Ivers, Leahy, Lunasa and Natalie MacMaster, Belisama performs regularly throughout the communities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Alamos at local and charity events.

Several of the students have competed successfully throughout the United States and Ireland. View the full schedule of classes online at

Belisama (bel-i-SAH-ma) is a Celtic goddess recognized in Romano-Gaulish inscriptions which equate her with Roman goddess Minerva. The name translates as ‘summer bright;’ Belisama’s consort Belenus is God of the Sun, and she shares many attributes with him. Belisama is also associated with wisdom, healing, forge and craft.

Photo by James Cleveland Watley

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