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Into the Rhythm of the Dance

It
is, again, not really as a practice that dancing at the crossroads
lives on in Ireland, but as a key metaphor for major aspects of a
changing society where tradition and modernity meet, and are being
negotiated in many ways in different contexts. Theoretical discussions
on tradition and modernity often postulate that they are not only
oppositional categories, but also that they occur during different
stages in a linear development, and that this applies to all sectors of
society. From my ethnographic exploration in the Irish dancing
community, tradition and modernity seem to coincide there albeit not
always in perfect harmony. It even looks like I have found an instance
of a circular development, of modernity reinforcing tradition: the
success of Riverdance triggered a new wave of traditional and
competitive dancing.

Into the Rhythm of the DanceIt is, again, not really as a practice that dancing at the crossroads lives on in Ireland, but as a key metaphor for major aspects of a changing society where tradition and modernity meet, and are being negotiated in m
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