Riverdance took the world by storm in 1994, bringing international acclaim to Irish Dancing.  Followed by other touring shows, such as Michael Flatley’s  “Lord of the Dance” and “Feet of Flames”, Riverdance showcased this amazing art form to enthusiastic audiences worldwide.  While a modern-day phenomena, Irish Dancing has a long tradition, tracing back earlier than the 16th century.  The “Dance Masters” of the 18th century travelled from town to town choreographing their distinctive steps and teaching them to local dancers.  With the founding of the Irish Dancing Commission in 1929, the training of dancers and teachers became formalized, and it was the implementation of the World Championships in the 1970s that accelerated the progression of traditional steps to the increasingly intricate and athletic dancing we see today.

 

 

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