By Roxanne Goldberg
If you look up the word “talent” in the dictionary, we wouldn’t be surprised if you see a picture of these people. Dressed in Irish green, principal dancers Nicola Byrne and Alan Kenefick wow the crowd from the very beginning with their complex, fast-pace steps. Soon, the female dancer is replaced by two phenomenal drummers who act as both beat keepers and foils in a battle between drums and dancer.
After a mind-blowing solo, a team of hand-in-hand dancers unleashes a flurry of fancy footwork. The deafening cheers from the crowd are testament to the triumph of an ancient dance in contemporary times.
According to Ireland.com, “Riverdance” is a relatively new phenomenon outside Ireland. It all began in 1995 when Michael Flatley and Jean Butler impressed the world with their unique step combinations during the 1994 Eurovision contest, reports Irish Central.
Before the 1990s, traditional Irish dancing was mainly known in its native country, according to Dances Throughout History. In Ireland, the dance has been popular since the 18th century, when the master of dance traveled from village to village teaching the steps. While traditional Irish dancing is typically set in a Celtic rock or Stonehenge background and requires hornpipe shoes and peasant dresses, the more modern version, like the one below, is performed in theaters and auditoriums by professional dancers wearing bedazzled costumes.
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