I’ve only ever seeing this type of dance on TV. For some reason when I was in UK I didn’t get a chance to see any Irish dancing. I perhaps was not adventurous enough but that’s for another trip I suppose.
I was so happy to run into these group of young Irish dancers on Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, Australia on 17th March which also happens to be my birthday.
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the dancing girls in green, purely by accident.
I wasn’t sure whether they were dancing to raise funds for a cause or something.
There was a sort of bucket where the girls were dancing but I didn’t have time to read what it said.
It seems that more and more young people these days are taking their art – either visual or performing to the streets. This augurs well for the perpertuation of the arts in any culture.
I am sure that we have groups here in PNG such as Paluai Suksuk and the Bougainville Bamboo Band and accompanying dancers who perform at various functions around the city.
The dancing is energetic and footwork seems to be the epitome of good Irish dancing or probably more correctly, Irish Dance. I wondered how much practice they need to perfect their steps and at what age they started dancing.
One of the features of this group of dancers that struck me was their age. Young people keeping their traditions.
Some cultural dancing groups in PNG have begun to ensure that their young people get to showcase their cultural dances such as the recent Palaui Suksuk Dancers from Manus at the National Cultural Commission-sponsored corporate dinner at the Dynasty Restaurant at Vision City.
This is one of those ocassions I relish when in another country. You don’t know what you will find but but if you get out and about you may come across something like this. Mostly it would be something artistic or creative and this was one of those ocassions. I enjoyed the dancing and considered myself rather fortunate to have witnessed it.
A very pleasant interlude to a whirlwind shopping spree at Queen Street Mall, (Brisbane, Australia).