This exhibition tells the story of Irish Dance at home and abroad over the last 125 years.
The exhibition includes almost 100 objects, ranging in date from a medieval brooch to a contemporary diamante embroidered costume for solo dance. Embroidered costumes, medals, and certificates tell the story of the development of dance schools and the governing bodies for Irish Dance.
Personal stories of emigrants and those who travelled abroad as performers are woven into the exhibition, and costumes include a selection relating to the Patricia Mulholland Irish Ballet. Mulholland was one of Ireland’s foremost choreographers, performer and teacher of Irish Dance from the 1940s to 1990.
The Riverdance phenomenon and its impact on Irish Dance today is represented by both costume and film footage.