Old Style Irish Step Dancing

Irish dance and culture evolved rapidly in the 1700's when Irish Dance Masters began the tradition of traveling village to village teaching the various dance steps they had created. It is from these teachers that the current day Irish set and ceili dances originated.

The four basic types of modern day Irish music and associated dances are the jig, reel, hornpipe and the set dances. The jig, which was referenced in ancient Ireland, has several variations including the single jig and slip jig. The slip jig is the most graceful of the Irish dances and features light hopping, sliding and skipping. Set dances are performed to a specific tune with each set dance having its own tune. Some of the tunes are more than 250 years old.