Sessions for 2015
Promise in a New Land
Nebraska Homesteading – NE Humanities Council presentation
Cherrie Beam-Callaway, as “Mariah,” is a native Nebraska storyteller with the Nebraska Humanities Council. Twelve sets of family homesteaded in Nebraska. Cherrie has been making history come alive for 30 yrs, giving programs to over 95,000 children and adults.
Mariah Monahan, speaking with an Irish brogue and in period costume, depicts a Nebraska settler between 1847 and 1885. Based on historical fact, Mariah, captivates the audience in a dramatic rendition. You’ll be transported in time, sailing the ocean, riding the wagon trail, feeling the loneliness and fighting prairie fires. Laugh and cry with stories of successful crops, dancing, hard work, loosing loved ones and most importantly, becoming an American.
(Appropriate for 3rd grade through adult)
Audience comments for Cherrie’s presentations:
Spellbinding Awesome storyteller She mesmerizes the audience Want her back Made history come alive Amazing talent
What a storyteller, she brought tears to my eyes more than once as she transported us back in time.
Martin P. Dowds
2011 – present Dowds Irish Dance Academy Omaha, NE
• Provides instruction to both children and adults in Irish step dance and ceili dance. Choreographs dances for a variety of parties including individuals competing in Irish step and dance groups performing both for profit and recreationally. Consults on competition attire and a variety of other topics to give dancers as much edge as possible.
2003-2010 Riverdance Dublin, Ireland
Dances lead on important opening nights and highly attended weekend evening shows.
Developed a fan following increasing Riverdance standards.
Became the “face” of Riverdance doing many television and print
interviews for the company’s promotional effort.
2004-2010 Riverdance Dublin, Ireland
Mentor, manage and organize dancers selecting dancers from the troupe to perform various parts maximizing shows value by utilizing each dancer’s skills in the role that best suits their skill set
Crosstrain dancers on various parts
Evaluate dancers ability to perform various parts including evaluation for
termination if necessary
Audition new dancers and make recommendations on hiring
1997-2003 Riverdance Dublin, Ireland
Auditioned in 1997 after winning various international Irish dance competitions
Traveled internationally with Riverdance performing in various famous locations including the Great Wall of China, Kremlin, People’s Hall in China, Broadway and others
Mastered each dance role in Riverdance which would later set the foundation for promotion to Dance Captain
1980-1997 Phoenix Dance School. Northern Ireland
Learned Irish dance under a nationally recognized professional dance instructor
Competed at national and international dance competitions
Ulster Championships - Buachaillí (Boys) 13 - 15 1st Place
All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships - Buachaillí (Boys) 13 - 15 1st Place 1994
Ulster Irish Dance Championships -- Buachaillí (Boys) 13 - 15 1st Place
Scottish Nationals Irish Dance Competition - Buachaillí (Boys) 15 – 17, 1st
British National Irish Dance Competition - Buachaillí (Boys) 15 – 17, 1st
Ulster Irish Dance Championships - - Buachaillí (Boys) 15-17, 1st Place All Ireland Irish Dance Competition - - Buachaillí (Boys) 15-17 1st Place World Irish Dance Championship - - Buachaillí (Boys) 15-17 2nd Place
World Championships - Buachaillí (Boys) 15 – 17, 1st Place
Classes Survey of Irish Step Dance – Stephens College Columbia, MO
1979 – Present (36 years)
Perform American & Irish folk and Children's music with over a dozen instruments, including accordion, banjo, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, bones, bodhran, & Northumbrian Smallpipes.
Member of Ellis Island, Irish Folk duo, winners of 2010 Irish Music Association "Best Duo in Pub or Festival", since 1995.
Member of Nebraska Arts Council's Touring Program and Nebraska Humanities Program's Speakers' Bureau. Perform educational, cultural and entertaining music programs for groups of all ages - daycares to nursing homes.
Studied music therapy in graduate school. Conduct experiential hands-on music exploratory activities and guided imagery and music (GIM) sessions with groups and individuals.