On Tue, 24 Dec 1996 06:45:34 -0800 Moira <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>This is a great question. If you watch a tape called the WORLD
>OF IRISH DANCING, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the world
>championships of Irish step dance, you will see some beautiful
>the world champion dancers in every age category. If you liked River
>you would love this tape. (It is available from the REGO catalog in
>There are also interviews with teachers of Irish dance from all over
>The most telling interview is with a woman who teaches in Canada. When
>immigrated in l953, she says, 'THERE WERE NO TEACHERS OF IRISH DANCE
>ANYWHERE IN CANADA.'
>Think about it. Tens of thousands of Irish immigrated to Canada, yet
>culture was ethnically cleansed out of them. This indescribably
>and intricate dance, smashed by the dominant culture's mockery.
>Immigrants who spoke Irish Gaelic were beaten by teachers. Children
>learned to disavow their native culture.
>We will never know exactly how our culture was repressed. So much of
>history has been covered up. The little I know shows a constant
>denigration by the dominant culture. Not to mention mob riots against
>Irish, and burning of their churches, states passing laws excluding
>from settling, etc.
>The Irish dance (and music) has revived despite the constant hate it
>received. The beauty and irrepressible spirit of the music and dance
>survived despite all attempts to wipe it out.
>Now, the Irish dance teachers in California are swamped with children,
>clamoring to learn the Irish dance.
>Check it out, get the tape, to learn a little bit about the history of
>dance. You will also hear beautiful reels and jigs which accompany the
It is disgusting the persecution that some of my Irish
forebearers were forced to indure. However I believe it is part of the
celtic "soul" to endure hardships and persist. Let us not forget the
Although I was trained as a classical violinist, I enjoy playing
celtic fiddle music in a small band made up of mostly other graduate
students. We provide the music weekly for Irish dance lessons here in
town. In addition, we have gotten an increasing number of calls to play
at parties and local events.
It is really quite amazing, because 5-10 years ago this would
not have been the case.
Your mention of this videotape has sparked my interest, I'll have
to try to get copy of it. Thank you.
Toby Arnold Rider