Costumes in Step Dancing Competitions
When researching tunes recently I came across a video of Irish step dancers:
I found the whole spectacle bizarre. The girls are wearing costumes that look as if they’re from a performance of Cinderella on Ice from the 1970s. They have elaborate hairdos and tiaras that look like the age of Marie Antoinette. A bit more searching of similar performances suggests that wigs and fake tans are also fairly common.
I find it difficult to imagine a less traditional look for dancers, which leaves me with lots of questions:
When did all this frippery come in?
Is this look approved of or encouraged by organisations dedicated to the preservation of Irish traditional music?
Do people actually enjoy watching dancers in these get-ups? To me it just seems distracting.
A puzzled Scotsman is looking for enlightenment from those who may be more knowledgeable ….