Step lively: eight dancers find fame with spectacular outdoor performance

Eight very enthusiastic young women went to the water’s edge in Galway, Ireland and set up a video camera. Their aim was to record a performance that might earn them a place in an upcoming music video.

The music video they dreamed of being in was for the song “Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran. He’s a very successful, award-winning guitarist and songwriter and a specialist in pop and folk pop. “Galway Girl,” which he made in collaboration with the Irish band Beoga, is marked by its creative blend of pop and traditional Irish music. The eight dancers were so confident about their chances that they named themselves “Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girls.”

What makes Irish step dancing so distinctive is the way the dancers maintain a stiff upper body while their feet do all the work, moving rapidly in a way that’s totally controlled and yet highly expressive. The story has it that once upon a time, people in Ireland who wanted to do a dance would take a door off its hinges and use it as a stage. Obviously, such a small performance space didn’t allow for a whole lot of jumping around! In the last 25 years or so, there’s been a big revival of Irish step dancing, not just in the Emerald Isle, but around the word.

As you’ll see in the video posted below, the eight young ladies put on an absolutely amazing display of their step dancing talent. It’s clear that not only were they inspired by their dream of appearing in Ed Sheeran’s music video, but they’d also put a lot of hard work into it, too. Best of all, they actually ended up appearing in the video!

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