Irish Step - ePortfolio-SLCC

Irish Step - ePortfolio-SLCC

Irish Step By: Amelia Ekstein Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project The Dancers: Who: Everyone dances. Men, Women, Children. Learn as children and grow up to dance What: solo and socially. Solo dances The Jig The Hornpipe The Reel

Solo Set Dances Ceilis Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Collectively Originally the types of dancing would have been group jigs such as: Tree Worship Dances Animal Dances Work Dances

War Dances Courtship Dances Recreational Dances Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Religious Origins are unclear but its stated that the very first roots were in PreChristian Ireland No Sexual or sensual connotations.

Significance Why is step dance important in culture? Expression Rights Use steps in tap dancing and other modern dances Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Costumes: Male Costumes: o Knee Breeches o The Kilt o Aran Sweaters (50s &

60s) o Jacket (variety of colors) o Match socks, ties, and kilts o River dances influenced o Black trousers o Blouse type shirts Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Female Costumes o Special dresses (originally) Often a white

bawneen with green ribbons o Pleated dress Coatee worn over dress and a shawl that is the same color of the dress attached to one shoulder. Can either hang down or be attached to the opposite hip. Why the Irish Dance the Way They Do: Stories told of why they dance with straight

arms and tight torso. Queen of England Behind the counter at the Pub Dance Masters Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Music Instruments Accordion Fiddle Piano Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Irish Harp

Uilleann Pipe Whistle The Jig Solo Dance Can be performed in different forms Slip or Hop Jig (today only danced by women but used to be danced by men and couples in competitions) Graceful dance Soft shoes River Dance Single Jig, Double Jig, or Heavy Jig Single= Light dancing

Double= light or heavy Heavy=hard shoes to put emphasis on sound and rythm Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Solo Set Dance Heavy (Hard) Shoes Specific music and dance Dates back to the 19th century Set dance differs form the ordinary jig Two parts: The step The set: prescribed tune so that the foot work and rhythm of the dance are expected

to interpret the tune Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project The Ceilis Group Dances Competitions and Social Dances Structured on a few basic steps: Side Step Threes Promenade Step Rising Step Rise and Grind Round dances, long line dances and column

dances Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Oppression or Privilege? British occupation of Ireland during the 18th century The stiff upper body is in honor of the oppression of the Irish culture, in language, dance and song. America today Competitions are held and Irish dance is now

privileged Found no oppression today Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Evolution of Cultural Expressions Most recent world championship in Irish Dance was held in America for the first time in Philadelphia in 2009 Acculturated: Cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture: a meaning of cultures as a result of prolonged contact. Irish dance before the advent of An Coimisun, was more subdued form of dancing; the emphasis being on

Poise, grace and musicality of the steps rather than on speed and complexity of steps and footwork. Movement of the arms is now sometimes incorporated into modern Irish step dance, although this is generally seen as a hybrid and non-traditional addition. Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Thank You! For: Unique style History Privilege to learn the Dance Most Irish step dancers are not from Irish decent

Contributions: Dance Master Letting us borrow steps to modernize dance Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project Works Cited History of Irish Step Dancing. Historical Origins Of Irish Step Dancing. Kwintessential. 20 April 2011. Irish Dance. The History of Irish Dance. 20 April 2011. . Jonas, Gerald. Dancing: The Pleasure, Power, and Art of Movement. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1998. Social Irish Dance. 20 April 2011.

Whelan, Frank. The Complete Guide to Irish Dance. Belfast, Ireland; Appletontree, 2000. Amelia Ekstein CIS 1020 Final Project

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