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Earning Money with your Feet

Irish dance has grown from leaps and bounds ,when you look at the early history of Irish dance is said to reveals a constant shifting of population through migration and invasions. Each of these peoples brought their preferred types of dance and music. There are only vague references to the early history of Irish dancing, but there is evidence that among its first practitioners were the Druids, who danced in religious rituals honoring the oak tree and the sun.

Irish Dancer
Irish Dancer

Traces of their circular dances survive in the ring dances of today. When the Celts arrived in Ireland from central Europe over two thousand years ago, they brought with them their own folk dances.

Three principal Irish dances are mentioned often in sixteenth century writing: the Irish Hey, the Rinnce Fada (long dance) and the Trenchmore. One of the first references to dance is in a letter written by Sir Henry Sydney to Queen Elizabeth I in 1569.

Today there are many organizations promoting Irish dance. The Feis has been an important part of rural cultural life. Children, teenagers and adults compete in separate competitions for Feis titles and prizes.

Team Ireland on their dress rehersal for the Cheer championship Photo: Amalie Knudsen
Team Ireland on their dress rehearsal for the Cheer championship Photo: Amalie Knudsen

Today the journey continues with young girls getting into the sport and wanting to turn professional. Keifer O’Reilly is one young girls who is doing all it takes to turn professional. Since the age of five she has been dancing her feet off. So far at the age of fifteen her aim she has already gone to the academy of dance where she had the opportunity to dance for the world renowned River Dance that is famous with Michael Flatley. Keifer now trains with Kavanagh Dancing Group.

“I have had heel spurs during training and ahead of major competitions over the years, but this is my passion and i will push on and make sure i do well until i fulfil my purpose of turning into a professional dancer”, says Kiefer O’Reilly when speaking with the circular.

“My daughter will do anything for Irish dance, I never have to push her to dances motivates herself  and she even does her own make up. I only make sure her dresses are up to date and beautiful for the competitions, ‘says her mother Arlene O’Reilly who also spoke with the circular.

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