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Close to the Floor
Irish Dance from the Boreen to Broadway
Edited by Mick Moloney, Jaime Morrison, and Colin Quigley

Scholars and performers debate the dynamic interplay between innovation and tradition in the world of Irish dance

Close to the Floor brings together a distinguished and diverse cast of dance ethnographers, dancers, teachers, choreographers, and dance historians to discuss and reflect on a variety of topics in the world of Irish step dance and related percussive dance forms. This volume includes essays that originated at a symposium held at New York University in 2006 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Riverdance. The contributor list is impressive and includes the most well-known names in both Irish dancing scholarship and performance.

"Irish music and dance, and indeed the broader questions of Irish identity in a global world, have recently experienced enormous flux and change. Close to the Floor is an invaluable collection of responses from those intimately connected to that process, either as practitioners or knowledgeable commentators. Their views will provide stimulation to the current reader and potent illumination for future inquiry."—Bill Whelan, composer of Riverdance

Mick Moloney is Global Distinguished Professor of Music and Irish Studies at New York University. Jaime Morrison is associate professor of performance at California State University, Northridge. Colin Quigley is senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick.

Distributed for Macater Press

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The cover of Close to the Floor is blue, with two photos. One a black and white image of a dancer for the past, and a color photo of a Riverdance era dancer.

October 2009

176 pp.   6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-9814924-4-5
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