An adorable 2-year-old girl was filmed doing an Irish jig. In Ireland, family and friends usually gather at wakes to celebrate the life of a loved one, so dancing after a funeral is not uncommon in some parts of the country. The tradition was carried over to Irish America. In this video, a young Irish dancer demonstrates her steps to the music of “3 Tunes”, a traditional Irish ceili dance that plays a jig, a hornpipe and a drum in sequence.
Irish dance refers to a group of traditional dance forms originating in Ireland, covering both solo and group dances, as well as dances for social, competitive and performance purposes. Irish dance in its current form developed from various influences such as earlier native Irish dance, English country dance and possibly French square dance, as it became popular in Britain and Ireland in the 19th century.
The dance was taught by “itinerant dance masters” across Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries, and individual dance forms developed according to regional practice and different purposes. Irish dance has become an important part of Irish culture, especially for the Irish nationalist movement.