The Story of Irish Dance

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Roberts Rinehart, Aug 23, 2001 - Music - 188 pages
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From early accounts of dance customs in medieval Ireland to the present, Helen Brennan offers an authoritative look at the evolution of Irish dance. Every type of dance from social to traditional to clergy is included. Brennan takes care to explain the different styles and traditions that evolved from different parts of Ireland; which results in some lively discussions as people reminisce over old favorites. She also discusses how dance evolved to become such an important part of Ireland's culture and history. An appendix is offered to help explain the various steps involved in each style of dance including the Munster or Southern style, Single Shuffle, Double Shuffle, Treble Shuffle, the Heel Plant, the Cut, the Rock or Puzzle, the Drum, the Sean Nos Dance Style of Connemara, and the Northern Style.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
The History of Dance in Earlier Times
15
The Fleshpots of Egypt and Gaelic Mayo Dance and the Gaelic League
29
Learning to Dance
45
Step Dance in the Irish Tradition
63
That You May Live Till the Skin of a Gooseberry Makes a Coffin for You
73
Social Dance in Ireland
89
Gambles Prinkums and Biddy Balls Traditional Dance Occasions
103
The Hobs of Hell The Clergy and Irish Dance
121
From Johnny to JiveŠil Focus on a Dance Community
135
Last Words
151
Stepping
165
The Irish Folklore Commission
173
Bibliography
177
Index
181
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About the author (2001)

Helen Brennan was a consultant for the producers of Riverdance. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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