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How Irish Dancing Started

Okay, enough heavy stuff for the moment. On the lighter side …

Have you ever wondered why those legions of Irish clog dancers almost never move their arms? Seems silly, doesn’t it, to flat-out not use such an expressive part of the body?

Well, this brief video explains why by showing the origins of Irish dance.


Shamelessly stolen from Patrice Lewis’s Rural Revolution blog


  1. Joel
    Joel July 21, 2011 4:05 pm

    That…actually explains a great deal.

  2. jerry jones
    jerry jones July 21, 2011 5:06 pm

    BTW, Irish Traditional Music is a wonderful form, easy acces and fun to learn. Even better it can be played on a ten dollar tin whistle, or even cheaper if you make your own out of whistle from PVC or copper.
    Instructions on the net, natch.
    Thousands of tunes are public domain and offered for free round the net.
    Do a youtube search for Joanie Madden to see Americas greatest whistler do her magic.
    The dancing of course is it’s own art form too.

  3. Judy
    Judy July 21, 2011 7:21 pm

    LOL !!!!!

  4. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 24, 2011 2:03 pm

    Oh my gosh! That was hysterical.

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