Irish step dancing is instantly recognizable: the dancers maintain a stiff upper body while their feet move very rapidly, even intensely, and with great precision. According to a story from the old days, people in Ireland who wanted to dance would take a door off its hinges and use it as improvised dance floor. Such a tiny stage didn’t allow for much arm or upper body movement, so everything had to be focused in the feet. In the last couple of decades, Irish step dancing has seen a tremendous revival and has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Eight young women in Galway, Ireland had dreams of appearing in the music video for Ed Sheeran’s song “Galway Girl.” Sheeran is a highly successful award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist who specializes in pop and folk pop. In “Galway Girl,” Sheeran, working in collaboration with the Irish band Beoga, mixes pop with traditional Irish music. The eight dancers were so enthusiastic that they actually went and named themselves “Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girls.” To have any chance of getting Sheeran’s attention, they knew they’d have to produce a video showcasing their talent.
We’ve posted the video made by “Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girls” for you below. After seeing it, you’ll understand why it has over 10 million views on Youtube. On a waterside dock in Galway, the eight young women put on an amazing demonstration of Irish step dancing. You can tell that in addition to being inspired by their dream of appearing in the “Galway Girl” video, they’ve put in a lot of hard work, too. The best part of the story is that Sheeran noticed how good they were and they did indeed appear in his music video!
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