Irish Dancing

Irish dancing is a beautiful and multifaceted cultural phenomenon, encompassing various styles that have deep roots in Ireland’s history.

Ceili dancing

Ceili danccing is the communal form, traditionally performed at social gatherings and celebrations.


Set dancing

Set dancing, hails from specific regions like Clare and Kerry and involves group formations and intricate footwork.

Step dancing

Step dancing, popularized globally by Riverdance, emphasizes precise foot movements and is often seen as a solo art form.

Sean-ós dancing

Sean-ós dancing is characterized by its improvisational and rhythmic style, with roots in the Gaeltacht regions.


The groundbreaking theatrical production, Riverdance emerged in the 1990s. It played a pivotal role in bringing Irish dancing to the world stage. Its fusion of traditional Irish steps with contemporary elements captivated audiences worldwide. It undoubtedly contributed to the surge in popularity of Irish dance. Renowned dancers like Michael Flatley and Jean Butler became household names, further fueling the phenomenon.

Irish Dancing card from Exploring Ireland game

Irish dancing today

Today, Irish dancing boasts a global following, with numerous ‘feis’ (music and dancing festivals) and world championships held annually. The appearance of Irish dancers in these competitions has evolved over the years. Dancers now wear elaborate dresses adorned with intricate designs, wigs, fake tan, and heavy makeup, all reflecting the competitive nature of the discipline.

As Irish dance continues to evolve, it remains a testament to Ireland’s rich cultural heritage and its enduring appeal on the world stage.