Good morning Femm readers. This is the second to last day of my Irish/ St. Patrick’s Day preparation/celebration blog posts. For this blog post, I wish to share with you guys a brief history of Irish dance. No one knows the exact origin of Irish dance, but it has been around for centuries. Irish dance has been influenced by many cultures over the years. There are three main branches of Irish dance today.
The first branch is the social Irish dance or the ceili. A ceili is a party where the people of Ireland could meet family and friends while learning about what was going on in the world. Dancing didn’t take place at these parties in the 18th Century but rather at town squares. Set dancing is the second main branch and is more formal than ceili dancing. It has a set of four dancers that dance with arranged steps on flat feet. The third main branch and the most predominant form of Irish dance today is Stepdance. This form focuses on dancing on the balls of the feet to arranged steps. The most popular groups would be Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
I’m leaving a link down below of a group of Irish dancers that did a flash mob performance at the Dublin airport. This video is from The Irish Post Facebook page. They’re a news company in Ireland who share all kinds of Irish news, music, movies, books, events, and other entertainment. That’s all for this morning’s post. ‘til next time. To open the link just right click.