History of Irish Dancing

This traditional dance form originated in Ireland but is popular worldwide, thanks to shows such as Riverdance.


The fast footwork, rhythmical beats and energetic jumps make it the ideal workout for both girls and boys.
Some may want to learn for fitness and fun while others may choose to hone their craft by dancing competitively.

Dance masters appeared in Ireland in the second half of the 18th century where they would travel from village to village, teaching locals intricate steps.
A fiddler or a piper usually accompanied them and their arrival bought great excitement.
Rival dance masters would also challenge each other at local fairs – dancing until one collapse from exhaustion!

Today dedicated and trained teachers pass their love of this dance onto students from all cultural backgrounds. While it is steeped in tradition, Irish dancing is always evolving. You will find classes in most corners of the globe!