IRELAND Unit Study: Irish Step Dance (Gross Motor Activity)

For our gross motor activity during our Ireland unit, we decided to try our hand (aka feet) at the Irish step dance.

The Irish Step Dance (also known as the river dance) is characterized by the stiff upper body and intricate footwork of its performers. It was made popular by Michael Flatley as part of the river dance in Lord of the Dance.

We watched some YouTube videos to give us some inspiration – here is the one you see in the photos:

I normally try to limit how much media my kids watch, but the month of March was a blur of sickness for our family and while my oldest felt great, this was a blessed activity that didn’t require mama to get off the couch, haha.

My kiddo did a great job of watching the performers and then started off with her rendition of the dance.

Honestly I was pretty impressed how quickly she picked it up. Turned out to be a fun activity that I didn’t need to prep for and got to sit and observe.

Sometimes that is a mom win! 🙂

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