Artistic Style and Cultural Representation of Irish Step Dance - Take Riverdance as an Example

Dejing Kong


In Ireland, Irish step dance has been a national identity for a long time. For many people in the world, Riverdance was their first impression about Irish step dance. It brought a boom and a renaissance of Irish step dance. In the twenty-first century, more than twenty years after the Riverdance boom, have people’s perception of Riverdance and Irish culture changed? Thus, this essay explores the experiences of Irish dancing and culture of former Riverdance dancers and audiences in 2021.

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