Rockin’ Road’s long-awaited performance arrived in March. Founded in 2016 as a collaboration between musician and tech specialist Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty, the all-new, theater-sized traveling show hit the road for its inaugural 60-city tour of the Midwest and West Coast just last September. “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” draws its supercharged spirit and arena-rock energy from Smith, the percussionist and producer whose credits include global tours with top Celtic rock band The American Rogues. When not exploring the crossroads of traditional Irish folk forms with all-American rock and roll theatrics, the Virginia native has maintained a parallel career as an in-demand lighting designer for acts ranging from My Chemical Romance to Yanni — a set of skills that have lent an extra layer of visual excitement to Rockin’ Road’s marriage of music and movement.

The performance actually began prior to the start of the scheduled time with an open rehearsal in which all ticket holders were invited to come and enjoy the pure raw talent of Rockin’ Road. Rockin’ Road followed this rehearsal up with a Meet and Greet and many of the local dance schools were given some one-on-one time with the cast and crew. The night certainly