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(Irish Post)   The Irish world dancing championships in pictures. It is a little-known fact that when outsiders are absent, Irish people communicate with each other entirely in song   (irishpost.co.uk) divider line 16
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2014-04-14 08:19:23 AM  
Well, song and fighting
 
2014-04-14 08:34:49 AM  
Eh, what foot d'ye kick with, wee lass?
 
2014-04-14 08:42:18 AM  
Somebody here at fark mentioned that only the Irish would create a dance that wouldn't spill the booze they were holding.
 
2014-04-14 08:50:10 AM  
Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.
 
2014-04-14 09:18:45 AM  
I am not a big fan of the ridiculous get up but I do love the dancing.

/from a long line of dancers
 
2014-04-14 09:24:56 AM  

stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.


I agree. Competitive Irish dancing was fun to watch for a long time. Then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in. It started with Riverdance in the late 90's where the lead dancer had long curly hair and suddenly all girl Irish dancers needed long curly wigs, then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in with the glitzy costumes and heavy makeup. It seems like the dancing itself is secondary to "the look".
 
2014-04-14 09:50:12 AM  
From the Official Guide to the 1964 New York World's Faire:

DANCES AND DRINKS. There is a small outdoor theater for performances by Irish dancers and singers. Available at a stand are Irish coffee (coffee, Irish whiskey and whipped cream) for adults and soft drinks for children.

My mom was part of the Irish dance group that performed there.
 
2014-04-14 10:18:47 AM  

catmandu: stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.

I agree. Competitive Irish dancing was fun to watch for a long time. Then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in. It started with Riverdance in the late 90's where the lead dancer had long curly hair and suddenly all girl Irish dancers needed long curly wigs, then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in with the glitzy costumes and heavy makeup. It seems like the dancing itself is secondary to "the look".


My wife is a former Irish dancing champion (in Ireland, no less) and she says the same thing.   Our niece is currently competing.   Mom used to make the dresses.  There was no big hair.  America ruins everything.
 
2014-04-14 11:15:24 AM  
No Gillian Norris, I am disappoint.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03rx2S6TVo4
 
2014-04-14 11:18:26 AM  
The dancing school folks are quite often insane- one woman believes, really *believes* that Irish dance was invented as a form of communication to frustrate the English. Nuts, nuts, nuts.
 
2014-04-14 11:46:42 AM  
A girl in my daughter's 5th grade class is in the competition.  When my daughter gets home from school, I'm going to have to show this to her.
 
2014-04-14 12:12:06 PM  
Colin Mochrie has fun

/meow
 
2014-04-14 01:31:03 PM  

catmandu: stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.

I agree. Competitive Irish dancing was fun to watch for a long time. Then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in. It started with Riverdance in the late 90's where the lead dancer had long curly hair and suddenly all girl Irish dancers needed long curly wigs, then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in with the glitzy costumes and heavy makeup. It seems like the dancing itself is secondary to "the look".



The housekeeping departments of the venues that host the feis hate it. They're cleaning up glitter for weeks.
 
2014-04-14 01:42:23 PM  

Rent Party: catmandu: stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.

I agree. Competitive Irish dancing was fun to watch for a long time. Then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in. It started with Riverdance in the late 90's where the lead dancer had long curly hair and suddenly all girl Irish dancers needed long curly wigs, then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in with the glitzy costumes and heavy makeup. It seems like the dancing itself is secondary to "the look".

My wife is a former Irish dancing champion (in Ireland, no less) and she says the same thing.   Our niece is currently competing.   Mom used to make the dresses.  There was no big hair.  America ruins everything.


Yeah my sisters did Irish dancing about 20 years ago, and they never had those insane outfits.
 
2014-04-14 02:36:34 PM  

Rent Party: catmandu: stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.

I agree. Competitive Irish dancing was fun to watch for a long time. Then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in. It started with Riverdance in the late 90's where the lead dancer had long curly hair and suddenly all girl Irish dancers needed long curly wigs, then the "Toddlers and Tiara's" effect came in with the glitzy costumes and heavy makeup. It seems like the dancing itself is secondary to "the look".

My wife is a former Irish dancing champion (in Ireland, no less) and she says the same thing.   Our niece is currently competing.   Mom used to make the dresses.  There was no big hair.  America ruins everything.


Well, we did give Jean Butler to Irish dance. (Of course, we also gave Michael Flatley to Irish dance so I guess it is a wash there).

I have been going to Milwaukee's Irishfest since 1981 (it's first year of existence) and we have several Irish Dance schools here (Trinity being the best known) so I have watched the changes over the years. At least there are still venues around town for people of all ages to dance with no competitive element. The kids are really great when they can loosen up a little because they won't be judged.
 
2014-04-14 03:16:29 PM  

stupiddream: Creepy pictures.  They look like Travelers at a wedding or the little beauty contest girls ala Honey Boo Boo.  Creepy.


Yep... Scary shiat.

Too bad, too. Irish dancing is cool to watch, we had a group from ASU that used to go to a bar I liked to hang out at, and I'd watch the girls all night. Now, I may just be haunted by this...
 
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