Designed by Award Winning Artist AQ whose parents own the pub in the West of Ireland.
Irish dancing has spread in popularity worldwide since the seven minute worldwide debut of "Riverdance" on Eurovision in 1994. Since that time, Irish dancers are no longer defined by location or ethnic descent. In fact, "over 70 million people worldwide class themselves as Irish" (Ó Cinnéide 2002, p.91) and the number of Irish step dancers in North America outnumber Irish dancers in Ireland itself
* Every Step Dancer Pendant is one of a kind
* Artisan, AQ hand cuts each pendant
* Made in the West of Ireland in County Donegal
* Solo Female Dancer on this stunning pendant
* High Polished, Sterling Silver
* Could possibly be engraved
Beautifuly hand crafted sterling silver pendant measures 1 1/2" in length and 3/4" at its widest width adorned on an 18" sterling Silver Chain.
FUNNY STORY -
A frend of mine purchased this pendant for his new Sister-in-Law for her brthday. Being a former step dancer, this lady loved this necklace. As a waitress at a catering hall, she wore the pendant during her work hours. Her one table of customers proved to be Irish and inquired if she was a step dancer. As the story goes, she put down her tray and gave the whole table a little sampling of her step dancing....they were thrilled to death!
Irish dancing was originally danced by the Druids during pre-Christian times in honor of the oak tree and the sun. They danced in rings which was the pre-cursor to Irish ring dances of today. When the Celts migrated to Ireland from Central Europe, they brought their folk dances which blended with the dance of the Druids to form the distinctive Irish dance of modern times. Men and women roles in Irish dancing developed as a result of the complexity of Irish dance routines.
Separate men and women roles in Irish dancing can be seen in Irish set dancing. In this type of dance, pairs of men and women in four sets stand facing each other along the sides of an imaginary square. Each pair of men and women has different roles in the dance figures and are called by different names. Although Irish set dancing has no cue callers, the men and women are aware of their respective dance roles in the set. All the pairs of men and women begin and end the dance together.
There are certain Irish dances called reels and jigs. The men and women roles in Irish dancing of reels and jigs are determined by the dance form. The footwork of the dancers of both gender must be perfectly coordinated for a flawless presentation. Practice sessions for Irish dancing are therefore rigorous and demanding and require disciplined effort for accomplishment.