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Traditional Irish Dance

The Explication of Irish Culture and History

Tyson Dummeldinger

on 12 April 2013

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The Explication of Irish Culture and History Traditional Irish Dance History Conclusion A Thousand Years of Turmoil
The Gaelic Revival
Post Independence Sean-nos Style Dancing 1990s-Present Dance Shows Traditional Set Dances... Tradition Preserved Irish dance is full of rich history and culture.
Irish dance has evolved over time.
One thing has stayed true throughout Irish dance, the posture.
It is central to the history of oppression and culture of the Irish people.
The upper half demonstrates control, respect under authority, and moral uprightness.
The lower half exemplifies the rebellious Irish spirit within. Vikings
Catholic Church St. Patrick
Catholic Church vs. Anglican Church
Penal Laws Political Oppression Religious Conflict Extreme Poverty During the 1000 years of turmoil Exact date of origin unknown
Minimalistic era
Not choreographed
Connecting with the music
Feet close to the floor
Free movement
Still danced today Irish Step Dancing 1750-Present Began with the Dance Masters
Can be done solo or ceili
Soft Shoe vs. Hard shoe
Irish Dancing Commission 1929 Influenced by traditional set dancing
Lord of the Dance
Popularized Irish Dance
Sensation overload
Dance schools around the world 1000 Years of Turmoil Famine
Slave Trade
Minimalism Social Tensions Anti-Irish
Dancing discouraged
Social Hierarchy Gaelic Revival Motivations Political instability
Rebellion brewing
Seized opportunity
Cultural movement Implementation GAA Formed
Gaelic League Formed
Promoted Irish culture
Opposed "foreign" Outcomes First Irish dance competitions
Revival of Gaelic culture
Nationalism restored Post Independence The Era of Feisanna... Competition Types of
Dances... Skill
Level Worldwide Popularity Irish dance is now a tradition all over the world, attracting a diverse generation of dancers. This benefits Irish dance because now more people are dancing and taking part in Irish culture. Pros and cons of dance shows Ever since Riverdance and Lord of the Dance came out, there has been a focus shift in Irish dance. The dance is no longer focused on the technique, but rather it is about entertainment and the "wow" factor. It has backflowed into the competition scene, which has caused pageantry. Tunes were created first
Choreographed by dance masters
Competition requirement
Three Examples
St. Patrick's Day
The Blackbird
The Garden of Daisies ...1745 ...1718 ...1905 St. Patrick's Day Treble Jig
6/8 Time Signature
30 Bars of music
92 Beats per minute Played by the Irish brigade at the Battle of Fontenoy. Popular in Europe and North America. This is a dance for beginners. The Blackbird Popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Limerick and Cork
Oldest traditional solo set dance
Hornpipe dance
2/4 time signature
60 bars of music
144 beats per minute The Garden
of Daisies Originates from the Garden of Deise, County Waterford, Ireland Hornpipe Light and youthful choreography 4/4 time signature
32 bars
138 bpm Traditional Set Dances THE END...
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