Curly hair, fancy costumes, and Celtic music… what do these things have in common? They are all part of the tradition of Irish Dance.
Long before the common era of history, Celts and Druids roamed the island we know today as Ireland and their traditions involved dancing particularly at a feis (festival). There are feis held today, which are mostly Irish music and dance competitions.
During the 18th century, Irish dance as we know it today began to take shape. Mostly, because there were traveling dance masters who taught people to dance. This gave rise to the group dances and solo dances if you were particularly skilled. Dance masters would even compete against each other.
There are three main kinds of dances: Set, Social, and Step. The dances have very limited upper body movement and a lot of fancy and precise footwork. This was mainly because back in the 18th-19th centuries, there was not a lot of room to move around in the dance venues given they were either barns or pubs.