Dance
5 girls are bored at sleepover until they light up floor with fun Irish dance
I smiled from beginning to end watching their moves.
Cherie Gozon
02.21.23

Sleepover = fun. If it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.

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The sleepovers we had with our friends or cousins. Whether it was back when we were younger, or now when we’re older, sleepovers always involve doing something fun or crazy.

Yes, we spend the night playing dress-up, pampering ourselves, or talking about boys.

But you know what’s fun? Filming a dance or song number we can all look back to.

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You might want to do the latest TikTok dance craze or do a classic dance routine for a nice touch of nostalgia.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not good at dancing; all that matters is you have lots of fun.

And if it goes viral? Then, that’s a good bonus.

These girls earned over 166,000 views after their sleepover dance routine to Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance.’

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They started with the viral ‘shoot dance’ popularized on TikTok, and you would think they would do a modern dance.

The girls moved in precision, doing the “shoot step” while moving from a horizontal linear formation to a ‘Vā€™-window.

They did so to prepare for their next steps in the choreography, but it’s not something you would expect to come after doing the ‘shoot.’

The girl in front started doing the Irish Jig!

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That familiar fast and active movement of the feet while the body stays still. You can’t help but be enthralled by the movements of her feet.

A few seconds in, the next two girls beside her started doing the Jig, too.

This went on until all girls were doing the Irish folk dance.

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What makes the Irish Jig so entertaining is how the dancers are synchronized and coordinated even with the complicated movements.

Everything was perfect ā€“ from that quick taps, hops, and switches from front to back.

Then, the girls went behind the wall and started their freestyle dance.

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Each girl had varied moves ā€“ from doing a cartwheel to different leaps. They went back around and, this time did their choreography in pairs.

The group ended with their final pose, and it looked like they enjoyed doing their modern dance routine of the Irish Jig.

The Irish Jig is a folk dance by the Celts with centuries of collective history.

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An exhibit in Northern Ireland Folk Galleries once featured how the Irish Dance is a combination of the country’s identity in dance, music, and clothing.

All these three made the Irish Jig (or Irish Dance) very much distinguishable from the rest of its neighboring countries like England and Scotland.

Who wouldn’t enjoy watching this energetic dance?

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The costumes, especially when they wear the traditional ones, are filled with beautiful embroidery and lace work.

The dance itself captures your attention with the vigorous movements of the feet and the coordination of all moves by the dancers.

You can only imagine how this requires a lot of practice!

This is what made these girls’ slumber number remarkable.

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While it is a short choreography, you cannot help but appreciate their foot coordination as they jigged to the song’s first half.

It may not be entirely the traditional Irish Jig, but the number will make you appreciate that a folk dance can be incorporated into a more contemporary dance.

Watch their fantastic performance in the video below; maybe you’ll get an idea of what you want to do on your next sleepover!

By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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