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Murphy’s Irish Dance Performance

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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The amazing dancers from Murphy Irish Arts Center treated us to a performance. We loved the impressive display of tradition and footwork. 

 
About Irish Dancing:
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. Dance was taught by “travelling dance masters” across Ireland throughout this period, and separate dance forms developed according to regional practice and differing purposes. Irish dance became a significant part of Irish culture, particularly for Irish nationalist movements. From the early 20th century, a number of organizations promoted and codified the various forms of dance, creating competitive structures and standardized styles.

Solo Irish dance includes the most well-known form of Irish dance, Irish step dance, which was popularized from 1994 onwards by dance shows such as Riverdance, and which is practiced competitively across the Irish diaspora. Step dance is characterized by the rigid upper body and intricate footwork of its performers. Other forms of solo Irish dance include sean-nós dance, a relaxed and social dance style involving improvised steps, and festival Irish dance, a style which separated from step dance in the mid-20th century.

Irish dancing in groups is made up of a number of styles and traditions, which developed from French and English dances and formations. Ceili dance, practiced both competitively and socially, is performed by groups of two to sixteen people, and often uses traditional or codified dances and formations. Its footwork is simple, and emphasis is placed on the figures and formations of the dances. Set dance is primarily a social tradition, for groups of four dancers, and includes elements of the intricate footwork found in step dance.

This performance was made possible thanks to Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.