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  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history
  • Timeline of dance through history


  • 1.  
  • 2. Definition of Dance
    • Movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music used as a form of expression, social interaction in a spiritual or performance setting.
  • 3. History of Dance
    • 14 th Century BC Egyptian paintings portray dancers
  • 4. History of Dance
    • 6 th Century BC choros danced in honour of Greek God Dionysus
  • 5. History of Dance
    • 1581 First Dramatic Ballet during French wedding
  • 6. History of Dance
    • 1790 S ocial d ance in Florence, Italy
  • 7. History of Dance
    • 1890 Swan Lake premiered in St.Petersburg, Russia
  • 8. History of Dance
    • 1994 Riverdance premiered at Eurovision song contest in Dublin
  • 9. History of Irish Dance
    • Religious rituals by the Druids during the Iron age honouring the sun.
    • Celts influence with their folk dances in 500BC
    • 400AD Conversion to Christianity thus used in rituals at church
    • 12 th century Normans arrive and bring their customs and cultures.
    • 1569 Sir Henry Sydney wrote letter to Elizabeth 1 about Galway girls dancing enthuasiastic Irish Jigs
  • 10. History of Irish Dance
    • 1780 King James welcomed to Kinsale by dancers
    • Early 17 th century “ low to the ground” style sean nós dancing began developing the dancing masters who competed
    • 1800 Dance master travelled village to village teaching peasants dance steps.
    • End of 18 th Century was first solo dance or step dance.
  • 11. Many forms of Irish Dance
    • Solo Dances
    • Step dancing
    • Sean nós dancing
    • Group dances
    • Set dancing
    • Ceilí dancing
  • 12. Sean Nós style
    • Improvised steps
    • Free movement of the arms
    • Emphasis on the battering step
    • Follows the music closely
    • Spontaneous expression is highly valued
    • Playing off each others energy
  • 13. Sean Nós style
  • 14. Influencing other styles
    • As irish people emigrated during the famine, they took sean nós dance with them.
    • American Tap dance
    • American buck & hoofing
    • Canadian clogging
    • Appalachian dance
    • Flat foot dance
  • 15. Irish dance in theatre
    • Riverdance
  • 16. Irish dance in theatre
    • Lord of the Dance
  • 17. Irish dance in theatre
    • Siamse Tire
  • 18. Dance in theatre
    • Stomp
  • 19. Irish dance in theatre
    • Rhythm of the Dance
  • 20. Professional dancer on tour
    • On world tour with Rhythm of the Dance May 2009 to June 2010 under contract
    • Toured many countries such as Greece, Russia, Spain, Italy, Romania, France, UK, Malta, Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg
    • Signed a contract as professional musician and Sean nós dancer
  • 21. Professional dancer on tour
    • 1 day off per week
    • Slept in hotels, sleeper trains & busses
    • Huge variety of audience
    • Only expense was the cost of getting to and from Dublin after that the dance company took care of all other expenses
    • Weekly wage while on tour
  • 22. Professional dancer on tour
    • Amazing experience
    • No regrets for doing it
    • Loved every minute of the touring
    • Learnt so much and saw so much
  • 23. Highlights of touring
  • 24. Highlights of touring
  • 25. If any questions please ask now
    • Thank you for your attention,
    • Please enjoy the next video which I feel sums up everything about Sean Nós dancing.
    • Handouts of all these slides are available if required, just ask.
    • Steve
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