Riverdance is rooted in a three-part suite of baroque-influenced traditional music called Timedance composed, recorded and performed for the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Ireland.
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The Irish style of dancing with one's arms hanging at their sides, originated from Irish slave days. When the English ensnared the Irish, they forced the Irish to dance for them. And in subtle rebellion, the Irish kept their arms still while they danced as to not give the English their best. See more
Referenced in Monk: Mr. Monk Visits a Farm