Sunday, June 19, 2011
Day 5 of the Blog Your Name Challenge
This is the final letter "I" of MANZI.
"I" is for Irish Dance.
High stepping, high kicking Irish Dance is wildly popular with younger people as it's an extremely athletic dance. The intricate steps are a fast and furious blur as the dancers feet obediently perform a choreographed selection.
"Riverdance" was an Irish Dance troupe that won great acclaim in 1994. This began a new popularity for the Irish folk dance.
All the dance expression is centered on the feet. Arms are either on the hips or close to the dancer's side. There are several explanations. I choose the one of dancing being forbidden during the Irish revolution so people could stand in front of a window in their homes and dance without moving their arms. Being true or not, Irish Dance doesn't use arm movement.
Below is a video of an Irish Dance Group, Irish Step Dancing 2009.