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The Queen of Sheeeba
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May 2013
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Does this make me racist?

I'm watching the first ever Riverdance performance on Eurovision and thinking that it was totally great only. . . it's as if they saw black people tap dancing and decided to try it only they couldn't figure out what to do with their arms.

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The myth is that the priests walking by & looking through the window couldn't tell they were dancing :) I have no idea if it's true, but the idea cracks me up.
Signed,
someone who studied Irish dance and often wondered...

On the one hand, it might be less of a distraction, so you can focus on the fancy footwork.

On the other hand, sometimes the use of hands integrates the whole body into the dance routine, so there's often more fluidity.

On a third hand, I sometimes see dancers using so much arm movement, it looks as though they're trying really hard to keep from falling over and hurting themselves, which really spoils the aesthetics for me and makes me feel I'm watching someone having a seizure in time to the music.