Contemporary Irish dance will combine with magic and illusions when Celtic Illusion taps up a storm on the Royal Wanganui Opera House stage.

The show is the creation of Australian Anthony Street who is a demolition worker by day. By night, he is Celtic Illusion's director, producer, choreographer and lead dancer.

Street grew up surrounded by motorbikes, racing cars, hunting and football. After falling in love with Michael Flatley's Riverdance, Street, with the assistance of his grandmother, began secretly taking Irish dancing lessons. He became the first Australian to perform the lead role in Flatley's Lord of the Dance.

"Celtic Illusion showcases a stellar cast of champion and internationally acclaimed dancers, including performers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance," Street said.

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"Audiences will be impressed by some of the fastest tap dancing in the world, not to mention an incredible soundtrack composed by a stellar team including Angela Little who co-composed Baz Luhrmann's film Australia, as well as Steve Skinner who has arranged and produced for artists such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and the Broadway musical Rent."

Celtic Illusion performs in Whanganui at 5pm on Sunday, September 9. Tickets are available from the Opera House box office or online at www.ticketek.co.nz.