Remember the Lord of the Dance from the 90’s? For many of us, this was the very first time we saw Irish dance. If you’ve never seen Riverdance or Lord of the Dance, then you’re in for a special treat. Irish stepdance is a little bit tap dancing and a little bit ballet. It’s all excitement though.
You can see the entirety of Lord of the Dance on YouTube right now if you want. Here’s a link. It’s probably going to be the wildest hour and a half of your week. To call yourself the “Lord of the Dance” is a pretty gutsy move, but Michael Flatley really does slay the whole game.
Here’s a shorter clip for those of you who only have a moment. It’s just so fun.
We also highly recommend Strings of Fire for those of you who enjoy amazing feats of violin playing. It’s a truly magnificent performance.
Now, the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance is holding a Feis.
What’s a Feis?
A Feis is a Gaelic arts and culture festival, but in this case, it is a term for a Irish stepdance competition where children and adults will battle it out for supremacy of the step. Along with numerous categories of competition, there will also be a selection of vendors to browse. As you may expect, they sell items related to Irish stepdance and Irish culture in general. Tír na nÓg will also be there, so there may be food as well. If you’ve never seen them, they’re an Irish bar that has a location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
The World of Irish Dance is Open to You
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of Irish stepdance, it’s likely that you’re hungry for more. Thankfully, the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance has you covered. Whether you’re looking for a chance to dance, or you have a child that wants to get tapping, they have classes for all ages and skill levels.
You can learn more about their programs here. Along with classes, the school also participates in competitions, parades, and various performances around the country. So, if you’re interested in getting serious with Irish dance, you’re certainly welcome to. However, you can just go and have some fun too.
At the end of the day, it’s good exercise and a great way to make new friends. Check out their website for some more information.