Irish dances

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  • 1. Irish Dances

2. The History of Irish dances

  • The first information about Irish Dances is dated by the IX century. They were called fleis and they were divided into two types: line dances and round dance
  • The Middle ages were the most prosperous time for Irish dances, when the first dancing groups appeared and the most traditional figures were created.

3. The most common types of Irish dances

  • Hard-shoes
  • Treble-jig
  • Stump-dances
  • Hornpipe
  • Soft-shoes
  • Slip jig, light jig
  • Reel
  • St. Patrick's Day

4. Jig

  • Jig is a very ancient dance, it is divided into three types.
  • It's usual musical rhythm is 6/8.
  • Their two types of shoes for every kind of jig: soft shoes for light jig and hard shoes for treble jig.

5. Reel

  • Reel appeared in 1750 in Scotland
  • It's a kind of running dance, it's musical rhythm is 4/4
  • People dance reel in special shoes called ghilies

6. Hornpipe

  • Hornpipe appeared in 1760.
  • It is a kind of reel with a strong accent on every treble
  • It is often performed only by men and belongs to a group of hard-shoes dances.

7. Traditional clothes and foot-wear 8. Shoes

  • There 2 types of traditional shoes for Irish dance.
  • Soft shoes are leather pumps without any heels
  • Hard shoes are made from black hard leather and have a small bend.

9. Traditional clothes

  • Women usually perform Irish dances in shortdresses with loose skirt and beautiful decorations.
  • A suit for man consists of short trousers and a shirt with loose sleeves.

10. The future of Irish Dances

  • Today there a lot of different dancing groups and festivals devoted two Irish dances. The most popular reel-dancer, Michael Flatley founded three popular shows of Irish Dances: Riverdance, Lords of dance and Feet of flames

11. People all over the world are Fascinated with strict and vivid manner of performance and wonderful rhythms.... 12. The author of the presentation is Pashenko Polina, group 202