Hard ShoesThere are so many different dances in Irish Dance. They are all done with either a soft shoe or hard shoe that has taps on them. There is the Reel, Slip Jig, Light JIg and Hop Jig that are done with soft shoes. Treble Jig and Horn Pipe are danced with hard shoes. A reel step 4/4 time and the slip jig a 6/8 time. Being light and quick on your feet is a benefit, along with keeping to the music.
***Question for Students: What kind of traditions of dance do you have in your cultural background, if any?