LAS VEGAS - "Spirit of the Dance," which opened Aug. 19 at Golden Nugget Las Vegas as one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland, has been extended through March 7, 2003. Its success as a foot-stomping spectacular in Las Vegas has moved the show beyond its original limited engagement.

"Spirit of the Dance" performs nightly at 7:30 p.m. (dark Thursdays) in Golden Nugget's legendary 400-seat Theatre Ballroom. Tickets, priced at $45 inclusive, are on sale at the Golden Nugget Ticket Office by calling (866) 946-5336 or locally (702) 386-8100.

The show will take a one-week hiatus November 4-10. During the hiatus, the Theatre Ballroom will undergo a seating renovation designed to improve sight lines and to provide the audience additional comfort.

"From the night it opened, our guests told us that we had a hit," said Maurice Wooden, president of Golden Nugget Las Vegas. "In our intimate showroom, 'Spirit of the Dance' brings an exciting, interactive experience, and an incredible energy, to the audience."

"Spirit of the Dance" features dynamic lighting, dazzling costumes, a large energetic cast and stunning choreography. Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, "Spirit of the Dance" is an international production featuring a spectacular blend of traditional culture. Powerful, show-stopping Irish Dance combined with the passionate Latino rhythms of Tango, Flamenco and Red-Hot Salsa produce a heart-pounding production that the International Post describes as "The World's Greatest Irish Dance Show."

Winner of nine Global Awards, including "Best Choreography" and "Best International Production," there are now six award-winning "Spirit of the Dance" troupes touring the world. More than 20 million people around the world have seen "Spirit of the Dance."

Set amidst the excitement of the Fremont Street Experience, the Golden Nugget offers AAA Four-Diamond accommodations, headline entertainment and fine dining. From the splendor of the main lobby to the serenity of the guest rooms and the elegance of the casino, Golden Nugget guests experience the warmth, charm and sophistication of a world-class destination resort. Golden Nugget is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGEtm. For more information visit the resort's website, and for reservations call Golden Nugget toll free at 1-800-634-3454.