#CultureWednesday: Social Dance

I just saw this TED talk on Facebook, and thought it was a perfect jumping off point for today's blog post! 

Irish dance comes in many forms, but all of Irish dancing includes some kind of percussive element, even if the percussively is felt within the body of the dance (as in the soft shoe slip jig, or the jive). 

Here's a random sampling of Irish dancing at social events.   I included competition footage because competitions were a very important part of Irish social events, as were dance as performance. 

  • What seems continuous?  
  • What is different?  
  • How is it different than the clips of the African American dances?  
  • How is it the same?


In the wake of recent events, SDD would like to remind our dancers, families, and supporters that it was not that long ago that the Irish in America were subject to racism, oppression, bigotry, persecution, discrimination, and hatred. There are countless articles online (like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Irish_sentiment). To show our solidarity with #blacklivesmatter, we will be featuring black dancers, artists and musicians who have been inspirational to the Irish percussive dance community.