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Adult dancers: You have a choice of Irish dance styles- more than one!
By NoraStewart
On Tue Jun 24, 2014 01:16 AM

Most people are only aware of one style of Irish dance- Irish step dancing, brought to world fame by the Riverdance production. This style is the focus of most of this website.


There are many other styles, with the biggest difference being whether the dance style is either:

Flat DOWN - flatter, gliding style with more use of the heels & weight sinks down into the floor

Ballet UP- ballet style with pointed toes and high on the balls of the feet & weight is lifted up from the floor



6 Different Styles of Irish Dancing

Irish Set Dancing(Flat DOWN)- Social dancing with partners

Irish Sean Nos Dancing (Flat DOWN)- Solo freestyle dance & use your arms!

Irish Step Dancing Traditional(Flat DOWN)-Solo forerunner to modern;

Irish Step Dancing Modern (Ballet UP)- Solo, competition/performance dancing

Irish Ceili­ Dancing (Ballet UP)- Social dancing in groups

Irish Two-Hand Dancing (Flat DOWN)- Social dancing in twos

However, the essence is that all use Irish music, very rhythmic and should be fun to do!

You can read more about each of these style at www.setdancing.com.au . . .

or ask me a question!
Happy (adult) dancing
Nora

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