Day 214 Broom Dance (Photo A Day 2012)

Three young dancers performing a “Broom Dance” in Doora Barefield Co Clare. is another traditional Irish dance form.  There are many tales on how this dance form originated.  One version is that men outnumbered women so the gents polished up their dancing skills at home with a broom as a partner.  Once mastered, they’d go to their local dance gatherings to display their skills in hopes of garnering the ladies attention.  Another version is that the Irish Tinkers/Pavees/Travelers  would perform this “showy” dance to attract attention and make it easier to sell their wares, like brooms, tools and pots.  This dance tradition has been  handed down for more than a century & is very entertaining.

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