Over eighty million people in the world claim to have Irish heritage. So it’s no wonder that Irish dancing, the traditional dance form of Ireland, is so popular, not just among Irish communities scattered across the continents, but in countries as far afield as Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and at an ever growing rate in Eastern Europe.
A network of Irish dancers and their teachers span the globe, regularly meeting to compete, share knowledge and enjoy this rich culture.
Focused primarily on footwork, Irish dancing is performed either individually (step dancing) or by teams (céilí and set dancing), and accompanied by traditional Irish music played on a variety of instruments, such as accordion, piano, fiddle, flute or banjo.
Timing and rhythm are of utmost importance and it is the intricate and fast paced footwork that has captured the imagination of the world outside of the Irish community. This mixture of rhythmic footwork and lively music is sure to set toes tapping, wherever they are heard!
(Text adapted from An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha)
Italia Performing Arts no longer offers Irish dance classes, but recommends the classes offered by Southern Academy of Irish Dance – Virginia.
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