Irish dance is a type of traditional dance form that originated in Ireland. Irish dance can be divided between social Irish dance and performance Irish dance. Irish social dances include céilí and set dancing. Irish céilí dances are danced in various formations of couples from 2 to 16 people. Irish set dances are danced inquadrilles, or 4 couples arranged in a square formation.
Irish performance dance is traditionally known as stepdance, popularized by the famous “Riverdance” show. Stepdance is known for its rapid leg movements and stationary body and arms. Solo stepdances can be performed in soft shoes or hard shoes.