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Short Film – Why the Irish Dance That Way



TITLE: Why the Irish Dance That Way

Funded by: RTÉ Dance on the Box Scheme

Director: Nick Kelly
Writer: Ronan O Riagain
Producer: Seamus Byrne
Production Company: Zanita Films

Running Time: 6 Mins
Year: 2006
Language: English

Key Cast: Mairead Devlin, Luke Cameron, Myles Breen, Joe Doyle
DOP: Brendan Galvin


This short film seeks to answer one of the most vexed questions of modern cultural life: how did the Irish come to dance in that extraordinary foot-fidgeting way.

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In 2008, Why The Irish Dance That Way was one of just nine films chosen by New York’s foremost contemporary arts institution the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for inclusion in Shortfest: Outstanding Films From The International Festivals. It also won first prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival, right around the corner from where Michael Flatley grew up! It’s received over 200,000 views on Youtube to date, and counting.