Every year in Minnesota, they celebrate all things Irish. The aim is to preserve and promote Irish culture and what better way to do that than by hosting a fair? There’s even an Irish Arts week which hosts a variety of lectures, historical tours, readings, and classes.
Then there’s the major festival. It’s an Irish celebration of music, dance, and family activities. It is one of the best Irish fairs in the country. Go ahead and visit.
Here’s the best part of this annual event.
“All proceeds from our events and other donations are invested in supporting the Irish Fair’s mission or in supporting our Irish & Celtic cultural community.”
It says on their website.
But it’s the dancing that really catches everyone’s attention.
Rince Nua (pronounced ring-keh nua) is a school, or even better, a community, that fosters and develops skills for aspiring Irish dancers. These ladies are proof that dancing leads to lifelong development and personal growth.
Those black and blue outfits look great! It’s part of Irish culture for dancers to wear the same costumes, and that includes those black stockings. But it is those hard shoes that is at the center of this dance.
They have fiberglass heels and tips. The girls use those to make that distinct tapping sound and when done together as a group, the rhythmic progression almost hypnotizes viewers. Watch and listen!
Irish dancing is up and down and not left and right.
Irish culture almost faded in to obscurity but in 1994, a group known as Riverdance stunned audiences and viewers with a dance so incredible it stole the show. They were there for entertainment purposes but they stole and won the evening’s festivities!
Michael Flatley and Jean Butler took to the stage with their fellow dancers and the world suddenly went Irish.
These thirteen ladies are continuing the tradition, spreading cultural awareness with this amazing display of footwork and discipline. Imagine the lungs you need to last about a minute or so with them.
Dancers are constantly bouncing on their feet, alternating in movements and sequences all while having to keep count of the beat. They really took this to heart. Check out the choreography!
Sounds like rushing water with hints of thunder.
There’s a reason Irish dancers only move up and down with their arms to their sides. Pubs were usually always full back in the day and a dancer wouldn’t dare hit a random stranger under the influence with his arms. They had to make do with what little space they had!
Rince Nua dancers can get away with dancing in groups since it’s a stage.
Besides, these ladies are so talented. Surely they’re regulars every year! What most people would give to dance like them. The girls get loud cheers and applause as they round it up and really, this deserves a trophy!
Watch their talented and fun dance below!
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