On Saturday, during the Stuyvesant Town Flea Market, a troupe of Irish step dancers performed on the Oval lawn. The performance was organized by Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance and Stuyvesant Town residents Arica Aylesworth and her husband Peter Lavin. Their children Ryan and Kristin do competitive dancing with Aherne and thought of the idea to perform came from hearing from many of Stuy Town’s Irish-American residents that they used to do Irish dancing as children.
Aylesworth and Lavin, who’s an Irish-American lifelong resident of the community had discussed ways of giving back to the community and said the school and instructor Elise Wright agreed to donate the performance.
Aherne has been featured by the BBC and has had performances at the Apollo Theater and several off-Broadway shows.
Participants in Saturday’s performance were Ryan Lavin, Kayla Kehoe, Keilani Collins, Eliza Jose, Claire Lazar, Nora Delehanty, Krissy, Emma Jose and Maya Staunton.