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Published:June 24th, 2007 04:54 EST
Vestige of the Vox Populi #30

Vestige of the Vox Populi #30

By Sean Stubblefield

Popularized in the late '90s by The Riverdance, Irish dancing is a uniquely peculiar jig characterized by little or no upper body movement.

According to folk lore, Irish step dancing originated because, in early Pre-Christian Irish history, Anglo conquerors forbade Irish culture and dancing. In subtle defiance, the Celtic residents invented this style of dance so that when their overlords saw them from a distance, the people would not appear to be dancing in the streets--- because the upper body was not moving. One of the most vigorous, intricate and innovative styles of dance, Irish step dancing has many forms. Much like ballet, dancers are predominately female.


This is from a live show I saw in Dublin, usually performed nightly in the Arlington Hotel pub...