Museum of Irish Dance
JIG the story of Irish Dance
Officially opened in April 2012, the Museum of Irish Dance Dublin tells the story of Irish Dancing from the Dance Masters of old to today's competitive dance world. The exhibits aim to provide a real insight into the history of Irish Dance, its costumes, traditions and some of the salient personalities that have had a profound impact on Irish Dancing both here and abroad.
Irish Dancing Costumes
The Dancing Master was a common figure in Ireland in the middle of the 18th Century.
The Dance master travelled throughout the country with his piper or fiddler (who was generally blind) and was paid to teach the local children.
The Dancing master generally stayed in an area for c. six weeks.
The Dancing Master written by Carleton about 1835 stated ; “Like most persons of his professions, the Dancing Master was generally a bachelor, having no fixed residence, but travelled from house to house, within a radius of 20 miles."
Admission to our Museum is free of charge.
We are currently assembling our collection of dresses and memorabilia, however we will continue to seek out rare and significant items to add to our collection if you have or know someone who has something that can add to our museums we would live to hear from you and we can be contacted at Catherine@jig.ie
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