Doin’ an Irish dance: That’s what a group gets together regularly in Tigard & Tualatin to do for fun
By Elena Boryczka
The Times, Mar 13, 2008
When Sam Keator sees someone walk into the Tigard Grange on SW Pacific Hwy for his Wednesday night Irish dance classes (PLEASE NOTE: Weekly classes have moved to the Winona Grange in Tualatin on Thursday nights!), he expects at least one thing: that they try to have a good time.”The biggest joy I have is when you see someone who has never done this before. They’re just bashful, shy, their face is blah, and before you know it they’re smiling and the spirits come out,” he said. “And what better joy? It’s more than money for me. It’s just part of what I love.”
Tualatin’s Sam Keator brings the music home
Posted by The Oregonian February 09, 2008 02:00AM
Sam Keator has some rules for his dancing classes: “Keep moving, keep smiling, have fun.” Sam Keator and his wife, Anne Doherty, are having some friends over tonight –friends such as world-class Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, who’ll play a house concert with pianist Cal Scott in the music room Keator built on the back of his Tualatin home.The Wee Céilí (kay-lee) Room is a friendly space of warm, rough-textured wood and great acoustics, a perfect place for 40 people to watch and hear music being made. Hand drums and a County Donegal flag hang on the walls. There is no stage, just a couple of chairs for the players, who sit nearly knee-to-knee with the first row of listeners. Nobody is more than 16 feet from the stage.
Passions: Sam Keator
Jigs, reels and his Irish heritage lead to wife and zeal for teaching
Thursday, March 15, 2007
At the All-Ireland Cultural Society of Portland’s weekly drop-in dancing classes, they’ll tell you how hard it is to keep your feet still once the music starts, and you need look no further than instructor Sam Keator to know they are right.Nine years ago Keator, who lives in Tualatin, was working in the lumber industry and likely wouldn’t have even described himself as Irish. Then he heard the music.
An Irish tradition gives all a reason to gather: céilí - Learn a simple reel and enjoy the company at an old-fashioned event
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Special to The Oregonian
TUALATIN -- The fiddle music starts slowly as three rows of dancers -- teens to seniors -- move back and forth in unison, some stumbling a bit, a few studying their feet.
"Nice and easy," Sam Keator calls out. "Now, push out two, three. Close. Push over two, three. Close." His voice is rhythmic, soothing, more comforting than commanding, as he leads a Monday night class in a three-step movement of an ancient Irish reel.
A note from Mary Rose Kerg,
RE: A Mid-Summer Night Irish Gathering, Friday, July 13, 2007
"Dear Anne and Sam,
Well, it was such a pleasure to work the admissions last evening. I met some wonderful people and did a bit of pr work. One woman is here from Ashland in 6 weeks. Come to find out she is living within four blocks of me, someone I would love to walk Glendoveer with and accompany to the Monday night dance if only to watch the people. It brought joy to my heart to see so many out there dancing, and dancing so well, and of course you are the prince of it all with all that calling and walking around, but without you it would never happen. May God bless you for it all and to Anne for supporting you. What a great team you make.
Dance Your Way to Better Fitness
Participants enjoy an Irish dance class on Thursday night and the benefits of cardiovascular exercise.
Think the gym is the only place to get a good workout? Don't rule out the dance floor, says Dave Dery, physical therapist and manager of Salem Hospital Employee Health and Fitness.Dancing is wonderful cardiovascular exercise that elevates your mood because of the release of endorphins, according to Dery. And there's another big plus: the enjoyment of being with people and having a good time.
Irish dance instructor Sam Keator demonstrates and describes a hold used in an Irish dance.