Riverdance Irish music dance company performances introduced Irish dance to audiences world wide starting back in the mid-1990’s. They have continued thrilling audiences off and on every since. In this article, we include video clips of some of their dance performances. Additionally, we have included some other Irish step dance performance groups. Riverdance Irish music dance performances have been the most popular of all the Irish dance groups since they began in the nineties.
The Irish Stepdance phenomena has expanded to include the Irish musical, Lord of the Dance, produced by Michael Flatley plus other Irish stepdance shows. Irish dance has evolved over the years to incorporate a fusion of different cultures and trends. Apparently, it was highly influenced by the Norman’s settling in Ireland in the middle ages. Consequently, Irish step dance has endured into the 21st century.
(Photo from Riverdance performance on YouTube)
Irish Stepdance is a form of Irish dance that can be done either solo or in groups. It was greatly popularized by the show from the 1990’s called Riverdance. Generally, the upper body and arms stay still while the feet and legs do intricate movements.
Riverdance Irish Music Dance Performance “Heartland” 2014
Riverdance Heartland 2014
Irish step dance has early roots may have gone back before Christianity in Ireland. However, there is clear evidence of it in the late 1800’s. In addition, it was codified by the Gaelic Dancing Commission, which was established in 1929.
Innova Irish Dance Company on Britain’s Got Talent
Traditional forms of Irish step dance always keep the arms still by one’s side. However, there are fusion forms of Irish stepdance that incorporate more arms movements. Additionally, other forms of Irish Stepdance include reels, jigs and numerous other styles of dance. The styles of Irish Stepdance vary in the different regions in Ireland.
Hammerstep – Irish Dance meets Hip Hop America’s Got Talent 2013
The dancing includes movements like trebles, stamps, clicking and other complex footwork. In Irish stepdance competitions, elaborate costumes are worn often including lace, sequins and crystals for the women. There are three categories of Irish dance including social dance, sean-nos dancing and step dancing.
Feet of Flames Planet Ireland
Riverdance Irish Music Dance Performance in Dublin 2010
Riverdance performs on All Ireland Talent Show 2010
Lord of Dance – Michael Flatley
- BBC’s A Short History of Irish Dance
- Wikipedia’s Irish Dance
- DanceTime’s Irish Dance & Irish Dancing Shows