Music Beyond Borders: Revisit the World with the Peter Smith School of Irish Dance

Although the coronavirus likely prevents us from presenting Music Beyond Borders this summer, we thought you might enjoy revisiting some of the wonderful moments from past performances.

For  10 years, Music Beyond Borders, a collaboration between Morris Arts and Mayo Performing Arts Center has offered this summer series of free outdoor programs of world music and dance….bringing a taste of cultures from six continents to summer lunchtimes on the Morristown Green.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane and sample some of the past delights of Music Beyond Borders – with The Peter Smith School of Irish Dance which performed on August 5, 2014

Here are some of the school’s top male dancers demonstrating their “hard shoe” technique:

And here are some of the young female dancers demonstrating their “soft shoe” technique:

August 5, 2014: Peter Smith School of Irish Dance
The Peter Smith School of Irish Dance has trained thousands of dancers in its 50-year history claiming several World, All-Ireland, and North American Championship titles. Several of the Peter Smith dancers have performed in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance and at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall Theatre (NY); NJPAC; PNC Arts Center; The Strand Theatre; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; Ireland’s National Event Center. Classes are offered for beginner through championship levels throughout New Jersey. For information, call 973-978-8848 or visit

Robert Johnson, dance critic for the Star Ledger, included a wonderful article about the series and the Peter Smith dancers in the Friday, August 1, 2014 edition of  the Star-Ledger’s pullout entertainment section, The Ticket HERE.

Breaking prior attendance records, 623 people came to this closing performance in the Music Beyond Borders series. The young dancers of the Peter Smith School of Irish dance performed jigs, reels, and variety of other dances in both soft and hard shoes. Additionally, live musical performance by two singers, a keyboardist and a bagpiper completed the program.

Additional VIDEOS: If you missed seeing the Peter Smith dancers in person you can watch some of their performance in the videos below:

Click HERE  to see young women soloists and the troupe demonstrating their “soft” shoe techniques.

Click HERE to see the senior young men demonstrate their soft shoe dancing.

Enjoy the “hard shoe” dancing, click HERE and HERE to see the school’s world competition level young women.

Click HERE to see the school’s top male dancers demonstrating their “hard shoe” techniques.

Competitive “hard shoe” dancing between the two top male dancers can be found HEREHERE and HERE.

And, to hear a taste of the bagpipe, enjoy this warmup by the school’s young bagpiper before the dancing began.

And provided additional footage HERE 

Here are some PHOTOS from the performance: