Irish Dancers Click Around the Valley

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- On this St. Patrick's Say, clicking and dancing seem to go hand in hand for those celebrating the holiday.
One of the long standing traditions for St. Patrick's Day is the culture's dancing.

It's a unique style of dancing and it has a long tradition.
One dancer said, it's the passion that drives them.

Irish dancing is one the main things you think of when St. Patrick's Day comes around.
Age isn't a factor for those who want to dance.
Young Austin Hutchison said the men's outfit is a traditional vest look.

"We wear it at performances, feshes, and stuff like that," said the young dancer.

Irish dancing has been around for centuries.
Dance intsructor Jo-Ann Carle thinks once you are apart of it, you will never want to stop.

"I've been dancing since I was eight-years-old. My mother was originally from county Waterford,Dungarvin and my father's family is from Kerry; so we have had a lot of Irish in our family growing up. Just haven't let go> Can't let it die," said Carle.

Irish dancing has a particular style, the dancers' arms are always at their sides.

"When the British had their rule in Ireland, many years ago, Irish weren't allowed to dance. So the Wivestale or Folklore, they would go by and would never see them dancing. They would be stand like this but their feet would be moving," said Carle.

Andrea Wood has been dancing for 10 years. She doesn't just dance for the culture, she also dances for the passion and competition it can bring.

"I also like, seeing personal improvement. Just seeing where I have come since I have started dancing. Seeing the different difficulties of steps I have gotten to, watching my technique improve," said Wood.

Irish dancing does go through out the entire year and there are many competitions. It only becomes more prominent during St. Patrick's Day.

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