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All about…Irish Dancing

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Irish Dancing by Pascal Seger. CC by SA 2.0

Irish dancing is a traditional dance form that originated from Ireland, as the name suggests. It is characterized by its intricate footwork, stiff upper body, and the use of hard shoes. Irish dancing can be performed as a solo or in groups, and it is a popular form of both social and competitive dance.

There are two main styles of Irish dancing: sean-nós dancing and step dancing. Sean-nós dancing is a more traditional style of Irish dancing that is characterized by its improvisational nature. Step dancing, on the other hand, is a more formalized style of Irish dancing that is characterized by its complex footwork.

Irish dancing has a long and rich history. It is believed to have originated in the 18th century, and it was originally a form of social dance. However, in the 19th century, Irish dancing began to be formalized, and it eventually became a competitive sport.

Today, Irish dancing is a popular form of dance all over the world. There are Irish dancing schools in every major city, and there are annual competitions that attract dancers from all over the globe. Irish dancing is also a popular form of entertainment, and there are many Irish dancing shows that tour the world.

One of the most famous Irish dancing shows is Riverdance. Riverdance is a show that combines Irish dancing with traditional Irish music. It has been seen by over 25 million people worldwide, and it has won numerous awards.

Irish dancing is a vibrant and exciting dance form. It is a great way to stay fit, learn about Irish culture, and make new friends. If you are interested in learning more about Irish dancing, there are many resources available online and in your local community.

Here are some of the benefits of learning Irish dancing:

  • It is a great way to stay fit and healthy.
  • It is a great way to learn about Irish culture.
  • It is a great way to make new friends.
  • It is a great way to express yourself creatively.
  • It is a great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally.

If you are interested in learning more about Irish dancing, here are some resources that you can check out:

  • The Irish Dancing Association:
  • The Feisworld website:
  • The Riverdance website:

There are many clubs in Dublin and beyond that also cater for those wanting to learn more about Irish dance. See below for more information on this:

Happy dancing everyone!

Author: Thiago

I moved to Ireland 2012. I work as a business administrator and travel a lot to Europe with my work. I enjoy writing and athletics during my vacation and try to visit friends and family every year in Brazil.
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