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Last chance 'Dance' (?)

Riverdance-credit JackHartinRiverdance, that Irish dance-song-storytelling phenom, first hit the stage in Dublin in 1995, and its mega-successful hoofing has been going on ever since.

The show came to our shores in 1996, and it has been through South Florida plenty of times.  But this weekend the show's Farewell Tour brings it to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for the absolutely positively last time,  (Or so the promoters say: Some performers build the twilight of their careers around repeated "farewell" tours.)

Whatever its future, the stats on Riverdance to date are impressive.  The show has played more than 10,000 performances to over 22 million people in 40 countries. More than 2 billion have caught the show on TV, and over 10 million copies of its video have been sold.  More numbers?  Riverdance has employed 1,500 Irish dancers, and 35 marriages have come from the costarring gigs.

If you're a Riverdance geek or have somehow managed to thus far avoid its charms, you have five chances to see it this weekend.  Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets are $55 to $75.  For info, call 954-462-0222 or visit the Broward Center site.