Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

Anybody know of good video clips that illustrate how traditional dance steps fit with different types of tunes? I’m especially interested in seeing the difference between a jig and a slide.

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For a broad overview of some set dancing in action have a look at the Youtube videos listed under my Details in my bio. If it is step dancing you want then I’m afraid I can’t help.

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And there is the crux, the differences between ceili, sets and solo step dancing, and the new and the old of that…

Sets = Quadrilles = Sets of Quadrilles = Square Sets…

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You’d really have to watch a lot (or learn it) to be able to tell the difference….sometimes it’s obvious, but sometimes it’s really slight, and sometimes there’s no difference at all. check out some of the stuff on youtube.

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Thanks, Lassie, but I have searched YouTube quite a bit. Search terms like "Irish dance" or "jig" or "slide" bring up a lot of clips that are, well, not useful to me (to put it politely). That’s why I asked if anybody could provide some links. (And thank you too, lazyhound, I did enjoy your clips.)

I guess I’m really after solo step dancing—something where a good dancer is really in synch with some good trad players.

Re: Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

The equivalent stepping form for a slide is the single or hop jig…

Re: Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

There are a number of videos out and about, if you are after something more than a quickie off of YouTube…

Joe O’Donovan has produced two:
"Traditional Irish Step Dancing" by Joe O’Donovan
~ recorded in conjunction with Belfast College
"Old Style Traditional Irish Step Dancing"
~ for Comhaltas - Coiste Co. Chorcaí / Country Cork

"Sean Nos Step Dancing - It’s A Living Tradition"
http://www.gannetschool.it/leggendoquaela53in.htm

There’s a book (and a video?) by Michael Tubridy ~ "A Selection of Irish Traditional Step Dances", Brooks Academy, 1998, ISBN 0 9533637 0 8

DVD ~ "Dance Sean-Nós"
a tutorial by Ronan Regan & Maldon Meehan
http://www.seannosdance.com/
http://www.seannosdance.com/Store/index.html
http://www.hoilands.com/seannos.htm

& then there’s the more modern take on it, including Michael Flatley’s way with it & "Lord of the Dance" & the like…

An Coímísíun
http://www.clrg.ie/english/home.php

& Cogal (?)

Discussion: Set Dances
https://thesession.org/discussions/11972

Re: Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

"Pippa Sandford’s Jig"
Comments: Let your feet do the dancing and your fingers will follow ~ etc…
Jigging the dance
# Posted on May 6th 2007 by ceolachan
https://thesession.org/tunes/7141/comments

Re: Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

Oh, okay.

Here’s a vid of a couple friends of mine; one on the fiddle, and one dancing. They’re both very good (just get past the part where she starts out playing Do Re Mi or something), and his dancing is very clear-cut.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiyB5hvlKV0


and another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElHPQ2XA4eY


this girl does a good job, and you can really hear from her hardshoes how the music effects the steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO6JV5Shm2s&mode=related&search=


hopefully that, and the other links everyone’s posted help a bit…it’s hard to figure it out without just learning how to dance :D

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Thanks! I also found a clip of dancing to a slow hornpipe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhmt6NHJJJM


That helped me understand a comment I once heard—"the hornpipe is slow, but the steps are fast."

But I’m still wondering about that other comment—"If you see somebody dance to a slide, you can really understand how a slide works."

But as far as learning to dance, myself—sorry, maybe 30 years ago, before the reconstructive knee surgeries…. ah well, I can still dance in my head. ;>}

Re: Irish dance videos—reel, jig, slide?

In my experience playing for contemporary (competitive) step-dancers, the slide is sometimes used for dancing single jigs- which are a rather hoppy dance, and usually done by the less experienced (non-championship) dancers.

Jigs are either done by beginner dancers, or at slower tempos, with the hard shoes (so much slower that they no longer sound quite like jigs anymore.

I don’t have links to specific videos, but feel free to email me directly for some additional thoughts.

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mickray, don’t let wonkey knees stop you. There is also the alternative take on it I like to call ‘chairiatric dancing’, which can be done from a sitting position or with the aid of a Zimmer frame… 😉 I prefer the old way, or ‘sean nos’, where you age gracefully as a dancer and in the process learn to avoid injury… The other way you’re basically, with rare exception, a has-been after the age of 18, or a cripple…

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"chairiatric"
lol
My knees like the sound of that. A good way to avoid spilling your pint, too.