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Sean-Nós, literally meaning "old style", is a highly improvised solo form danced to Irish traditional music. It is found primarily in Connemara, where it originated, on the West coast of Ireland and features a great deal of foot work and more body motion than is found in the more well known Irish Step dance.
Sean-Nós dancing is a very impromptu low-key accompaniment to a lively traditional band. The "battering" footwork is fun to watch and listen and are well suited to all ages. Frequently the best Sean-Nós dancers are the old timers you'll find in the local pub.
In recent years Sean-Nós has seen growing popularity throughout the world, with younger teachers carrying on this living tradition.