Celtic Music and How it Influences Dance


Music and dance have always been two art forms that have constantly influenced each other and are so deeply connected. One particular style in which they are really dependent on one another is folk performances. And from this genre we can look even deeper and see this culture of Celtic music and dance. It is deeply inspired by Ancient tales, stories and myths that describe the old world of Norther United Kingdom and Ireland. The way it managed to influence dance is very interesting and it is definitely worth seeing.

Irish and Scottish Decent

When we think of Celtic music, we automatically imagine bag pipes and foggy hills; this is not very far away from the truth. The first places where this particular music style appeared are Ireland and Scotland. Even though the two regions are distant apart they influenced each other culturally in time. The dances found here are very similar and they all follow the beautiful rhythm of Celtic tunes.

One very popular type of dance is the Irish Step. It is a very fast and physically demanding dance that can be seen performed all throughout the country. It has grown in popularity to the point that you can see many dance groups that are touring the world in order to show their talent and skills. Something similar can be found in Scotland too, with quick moves and demanding talent the two cultures have developed moves to their countries’ folk music that are very alike. The two cultures didn’t directly transmit the dance style and it was more about following the rhythm and theme of the songs.

Influence Around the World

Celtic music managed to influence many other types of folk dances even outside the island. We see that many other cultures from the continent adopted the bagpipe with time and that other dances throughout the United Kingdom mimic the moves of traditional Scottish or Irish dances. Just like the Spanish guitar asks for a certain body movement and pose, so does Celtic music. It has managed to influence ballroom dances from all over Europe; if you look at them closely; you can see the basics of Riverdance in a few ballroom steps. There are many other dance styles that adopted the Celtic feel. One example that was hugely popular at the beginning of the last century was actually adopted in the US from the Irish step dance.

Music and dance will always be two art forms that influence each other. We can see that Celtic music has a certain feel to it and the dance styles that emerge from this culture follow the same pattern, no matter where they are formed. It is a very complex culture that managed to pass the test of time and to create some of the most unforgettable dance styles. With a rich and deep history Celtic music is not going anywhere and neither are its iconic dance moves.