So why do Irish dancers keep their hands rigidly by their side?

One of the most common reactions of people seeing ‘Irish dancing’ for the first time is ask: why do they keep their arms so stiff by their sides? Well, the simple answer is that they don’t, at least, not for most Irish dancing. It’s only in Step Dancing that performers are expected to maintain the … Continue reading So why do Irish dancers keep their hands rigidly by their side?