Irish dance. Can you think… feet?
How surprisingly easy sometimes there are thoughts: it seemed that there was still a fraction of a second ago, nothing that would have attracted, surprised or forced to take shape in sentences scattered fragments of individual phrases, and suddenly — a flash of lightning/a lighted bulb/insight (underline). No, writing so — so, to use a literary stamps, repeated. And if you take another comparison: thoughts are honed and quick footwork of the Irish dancers? Kobby Dagan Shutterstock.com Potato — head? Ireland — a country with a humid climate, cereals there are always matured badly. Everything changed when potatoes reached the British Isles in the middle of the XVI century. Immediately became as something more satisfying to live the Irish. One thing was bad: the English king Henry VIII, gathered once again to marry, did not conspire with the Pope and created his own, Anglican, Church. England’s relations with Ireland deteriorated precisely because the latter remained Catholic. Since then, England has become an oppressor: the laws here are punitive, depriving Catholics of political and civil rights, and the system of discrimination. They say the Irish have been dancing with their feet ever since. Are historians right? Although, to be completely faithful to the historical truth, is not so simple with the legs was the Irish. There are several versions. 1. During the English colonization, as already noted, the persecution of the manifestations of Irish culture intensified, and therefore more than a century and a half learning dance and music was secret. The main load was taken by wandering teachers, masters of dances. At rural parties people danced in groups, and the same teacher showed them movements. At the same time, a young dancer went on patrol, when the enemy appeared, he made exactly as many conditional movements with his feet as he saw the soldiers on the road. 2. Mass dances were forbidden not only by the British, but also by Catholic priests, also persecuted, but influential. They believed this debauchery of hand movements. That is why in the original, old school Irish dance hands have dancers immobile. 3. The requirement to fix the hands was introduced by the masters themselves, since the dance floor was often served by crowded pubs, a kitchen room, a table, an inverted large barrel or a door removed from the hinges. In this case, the executor was required extraordinary self-control and difficult movement kept the attention of the viewer. Dance all! A handsome Irishman, dressed in the latest fashion, exquisitely, even dapper, came to the village, where he was given shelter with honor, because he was a dance teacher and musician. For three weeks he conducted classes, showed the elements known to him, each of which was designed for eight bars of music and was called “step” or “step”. When the rate fashionable dances ended, with him paying, but even a week was “the internship”: the teacher stood up with the harp, bagpipe or fiddle with the musicians, watching learned a lesson the wards. Of course, dancing was a competitive discipline at that time. The highest score was for the technique — the one who had more steps, and jumps higher, and not for artistry. The loser dance master left the village, giving way to a more skilled competitor, which allowed to peacefully and fairly divide the spheres of influence of dance schools. If a large pie was placed in the center of the dance floor, then in the town or in the village competitions began, where the dough product became a prize for the winner. This style of solo dance was called Sean-nos — old school. What step? Initially in Ireland danced jigs and Rila, and later Hornpipe. Their main feature — it is almost stationary body and hands down with clenched fists. And in respect of all of them used the term “step-dancing”, which is associated with “steps”-elements, not with the American step or Russian “tap dance” — kicks in hard shoes with heels, as we remember from the films “Wedding in Malinovka” and “Winter evening in Gagra”. Shoes for Irish dancing there are two types of this shoes is to soft dance (soft shoes), which can be women’s (pumps) or male (boys reel shoes) and tap shoes (hard shoes, jig shoes — “jig shoes”) — it is universal. Of course, shoes for Irish dance, as well as the dances themselves, differ fundamentally. Rule: thought with their feet! Of course, there are rules for performers of Irish step dances, stipulating what and when the dancer can do. But, at the same time, there are a great many variations, hundreds of new movements and elements that allow you to say: “Faster than thought with your feet, and universal attention is provided to you!»