Essential Guide to Irish Dance

Marie Duffy Pask
The Irish Dance genre is an essential part of the heritage and culture of Ireland. From its early roots in Celtic history, to the global growth inspired by shows such as Riverdance, to the modern- day competitive championships and Feisanna, it continues to be a vibrant and evolving dance form. The Essential Guide to Irish Dancing delves into the history and culture behind the world of Irish Dance, offering technical instruction from beginner-level to advanced, including how to prepare exciting set dances and choreograph innovative sequences. Topics covered include: Irish dance music; the fundamentals of solo dancing; traditional dance movements and set dances; Céilí dancing; competitions and careers; choreography, and finally, physical fitness and mental health.
Essential Guide to Irish Dance by Marie Duffy Pask

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About the author

Marie Duffy Pask has seventy years’ experience in Irish Dancing. She was the Dance Director and Associate Choreographer for Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance for twenty years. As a long- serving member of The Irish Dancing Commission (CLRG), she has held several different roles and contributed to many prestigious events, including The Oscars, The Ryder Cup and The Prince’s Trust. She has also worked on TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing. As a teacher, Marie’s students have collectively won over 400 world


championships.



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