Low-Impact Irish Step Dance

Shirleigh Brannon
Room / 3:00 - 4:00

Real-time event on festival day with pre-registration required. You can find the registration link near the top of the program page when the link is ready.

This workshop introduces the basics of older and lower style Irish stepdancing (one of the antecedents of modern competitive Irish stepdance) in a low-key, low impact way. You don’t need to be an athlete or have specialty shoes to learn the basics of some older, low style solo Irish jigs and single jigs. If there’s time and interest, Shirleigh might also start the basics of a beginning “hardshoe reel” done in an old, low style. Material covered also includes understanding the basic time signatures/rhythms and foot movements found in Irish dance. Shirleigh can also provide referral to other great (for pay) online sources for ongoing learning in a variety of old styles of traditional Irish dance, including sean-nós, traditional set pieces, etc.

Shirleigh Brannon started dancing “noisy dancing” as a child in an old-timey music and dance family. She started formally learning various forms of Irish and Scottish dance in the early 1980s and has since branched out into various older and regional styles of Irish dance. She is the founder and longtime director/now co-director of Bay Area based Scottish and Irish music and dance troupe Siamsa le Cheile.