IF this is hopelessly ill-informed or contentious, just ignore me….
I went to some ceilidhs on the east coast of Canada (PEI and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be exact) where the music is largely Scottish influenced (though I head some Irish tunes as well). Anyway, non-tourists were there mainly to dance in this kind of round-dance style. This was easy social dance, nothing like the Irish step dancing tradition. This made me wonder, is there (or was there) not a strong social dance tradition in ITM? By ‘social dance’ I mean something that any able-bodied person can do after some fashion with 5 mins. instruction, rather than a highly-skilled artistic dance tradition, which I understand step-dancing to be.