It's very simple really, and you'll soon get pretty quick at reading the tablature.
History[ edit ] There is very little documentary evidence of dance being practised in Ireland prior to the 17th century. Scholars have hypothesised that this may result from the integral and consequently unremarkable nature of dance in pre-modern Irish society,  or from the non-literate nature of the Irish cultural tradition.
Although its origins are A comparison between irish folk music, it was later influenced by dance forms from the Continent, especially the Quadrille.
Travelling dancing masters taught across Ireland as late as the 18th and early 19th centuries. Because local venues were usually small, dances were often demonstrated on tabletops, or even the tops of barrels.
As a result, these early styles are characterized by the arms held rigidly at the sides, and a lack of lateral movement. As larger dance venues became available, styles grew to include more movement of the body and around the dance area.
Irish stepdance[ edit ] A variety of forms of solo Irish dance have developed which are described as stepdance. These include the well-known "modern" stepdance performed competitively; old-style stepdance, which is closer in style to the dance practised by 19th-century travelling dance masters; and festival dance, which separated from modern stepdance over stylistic and administrative disputes in the midth century.
The most predominant form of Irish stepdance is that popularised by the Broadway show Riverdanceand other Irish dancing stage shows since the late 20th century. Characterised by a rigid torso and dances performed high on the balls of the feet, this style became distinct from the late 19th century when the Gaelic League began efforts to preserve and promote Irish dance as part of a broader nationalist movement concerned with Irish culture.
Over the following decades, CLRG expanded globally, and promoted this particular form of stepdance by developing examinations and qualifications for teachers and competition adjudicators. Today, stepdance in the style codified by the Gaelic League is performed competitively in a number of countries, and under the auspices of a number of organisations which have at various times broken away from CLRG.
Dances[ edit ] An Untraditional Dance Style Irish solo stepdances fall into two broad categories based on the shoes worn: There are four soft shoe dance styles: Reels have a 4 4 or sometimes 2 2 time signature.
Slip jigs are in 9 8 time. Light and single jigs are in 6 8 time, with different emphasis within the measure distinguishing the music. Hard shoe dances include the hornpipe in syncopated 2 4 or 4 4 time, the treble jig also called the heavy jig or double jig in a slow 6 8, the treble reel hard shoe dance done to reel music and traditional sets, which are a group of dances with set music and steps.
Many traditional sets have irregular musical phrasing. There are also more advanced "non-traditional sets" done by advanced dancers. These have set music, but not steps. There are multiple traditional sets, including St.
Competitive dancers generally dance two or three steps at a time, depending on their dancing level. Each step lasts sixteen bars of music.
They are each danced starting with the right foot for eight bars, then repeated with the left foot for the last eight bars, doing the same movements with the opposite feet.
Set dances, however, have a different format. The dancer usually dances one step, which is limited to eight bars, and is then repeated, resembling the steps of other dances. Then the dancer usually dances a "set" which is not repeated.
It is a highly sought after and competitive feat to dance this "third round" — at regional, national, and world competitions, only a small percentage typically the top half of dancers graded after the first two rounds of dancers are invited back to perform.
Most Irish dancing competitions only ask for a short piece of any given dance, in the interests of time. Shoes and costume[ edit ] Shoes and costume There are two types of shoes; soft shoes also known as ghillies or pumps and hard shoes.
Hard shoes are similar to tap shoes, except that the tips and heels are made of fiberglassinstead of metal, and are significantly bulkier. The first hard shoes had wooden or leather taps with metal nails. Later the taps and heels were made of resin or fiberglass to reduce the weight and to make the sounds louder.
The soft shoes, which are called ghilliesare black lace-up shoes. Ghillies are only worn by girls, while boys wear black leather shoes called "reel shoes", which resemble black jazz shoes with a hard heel. Boy's soft-shoe dancing features audible heel clicks.
A new trend includes adding white laces to the soft shoes, and white tape to the straps of the hard shoes in order to give the illusion of elongating the legs. Several generations ago, the appropriate dress for a competition was simply "Sunday best" clothes one would wear to church.Sources.
The three main manuscript sources for Irish mythology are the late 11th/early 12th century Lebor na hUidre which is in the library of the Royal Irish Academy, the early 12th century Book of Leinster in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, and the Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B (Rawl.), housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
As in the folk music of other lands, love songs constitute the most numerous class of folk-song in Ireland. Unmistakably deriving from the popular poetry of the Middle Ages, the themes and types prevailing are a legacy of the Norman invaders.
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Irish dance or Irish dancing is a group of traditional dance forms originating from Ireland, encompassing dancing both solo and in groups, and dancing for social, competitive, and performance purposes. Irish dance in its current form developed from various influences such as French quadrilles and English country dancing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.