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Irish dance styles- Up or Down? The same but different...
By NoraStewart
On Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:28 PM

I remember learning the High Cauled Cap in Ireland, a year or two after I had moved there from Australia- I think it was a lovely weekend in Mullaghbuoy, Co.Louth.

For those of you who don't know, this is quite a complex Irish figure dance that crosses over between being a ceili dance and a set dance: an unusual creation with a foot in both camps!

We got to the part where we do "sevens" - dancing sideways and back again to place - and I thought, "Goody -I know how to do this bit". Every dancer who learns Irish step dancing will pretty much start with this step. And then a funny thing happened. Everyone else was doing sevens but they didn't look the same, although it was very like the sevens I was dancing, with pointed toes and little leaps at either end but not the same. Then, the confusion of the next few moves overtook me and I forgot that thought.

The flat, slidey style of Irish set dancing soon became second nature to me and it has only been very recently that I have got to thinking about how all the styles of Irish dancing are similar, and how they are different.

Irish dance styles or types are similar in that they use mostly the same music and are all very rhythmic, and many of the steps are the same- seBallet up and flat down picturevens, over-one-twos, etc. What can be starkly different is the style or manner in which these steps and moves are done, and to some extent, why they are done- for performance and competition or purely for the craic!

I've located two really good YouTube examples of the High Cauled Cap (below) - one danced for modern Irish step dancing & Irish céilí style which is ballet-like and high up on the balls of the feet; and the other danced Irish set dancing style- flat, slidey and down.

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Happy dancing!
Nora
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2 Replies to Irish dance styles- Up or Down? The same but different...

re: Irish dance styles- Up or Down? The same but different...
By irishstep
On Tue Jun 24, 2014 08:49 PM
I do both isd and set dancing. I love them both. Isd much more challenging. Set is so casual laid back but incredibly relaxed and wicked fast. ❤️🍀
re: Irish dance styles- Up or Down? The same but different...
By NoraStewart
On Tue Jun 24, 2014 08:51 PM
Good to hear! Where do you do your dancing? What's your favorite set? Nora

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