First performed in 1994, Riverdance quickly gained popularity as it was a style of dance that had not previously been seen around the world. Unlike many of the styles that came before it in the dance world, Riverdance had received very little to no attention outside of the nations which practiced it natively. Not only are the rapid leg movements in Riverdance entrancing, but the folk music to which it is performed is light hearted and enjoyable. It offers a fresh experience that few encounter, and it commonly leaves people wanting more.
With fiddles that play as fast as the performers dance, one can imagine the entire event is quite fast paced and can challenge even the fit dancer. Unlike other types of dance, it focuses less on the upper body and wide range of movements, such as jumping and dipping of a partner. Instead it focuses on intricate patterns made by the legs and moving in unison with one's partner. Riverdance has continued to gain popularity, and the 'Lord of the Dance' show, which travels the world, has become a must-see event for many when it's in town.
Much like a Broadway play, its tickets are sought after and they sell out fast. So if you're interested in partaking in this multi-cultural event, then jump in early.