Nic Gareiss

“The human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being...Gareiss is more fleet of foot than an Olympian sprinter and more buoyant than a helium-filled balloon...his restraint is palpable and freeform flight is inevitable.”

Siobhán Long, The Irish Times


“A show-stopper...the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene.  The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire.”

 – Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald

“Mesmerizing…a whirling dervish in tap shoes.”

– Bay City Times

“...a leftfield tour-de-force with irresistible wow factor.”

Michael Dervin, The Irish Times

“...minutely precise, brilliantly witty, hip-twistingly agile movement.”

Rob Adams, The Herald Scotland

“...fluent, expressive dancing, whipping up a soft-shoe storm of subtlety and grace.”

– Laurence Mackin, The Irish Times 

“He is a total joy to watch – music embodied in physique, gesture, movement and muscle; an eye-opener for the ear, as it were, such is the precision, detail and adventure of his sense of rhythm.”

– Paul O’Connor, Last Night’s Fun

“Gareiss bounced between being a clogger, a vaudeville hoofer, and a flamenco whirlwind.”

– Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald

“His demeanor is always joyful but there is considered depth in his every move...a riveting tour de force that equally displayed a subtlety and understanding of percussive dance...”

– Paul Keating, The Irish Voice

“With a working knowledge in a variety of different traditional percussive dance styles and an academic background to match, Gareiss is able to think well outside the choreographic box.”

–  Daniel Neeley, Irish Echo

“Gareiss combined roots with a more modern inventive style that came to the fore in an impressionistic piece starting with a whisper of a shuffle...Gareiss moved like electricity was radiating out of every part of his body.”

– Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald

photo by Chandra Demers