Irish Step Dancing has its roots in Ireland (duh!) and over the years it has grown into a worldwide, internationally recognized sport/activity. Let's start with the dances. There are 2 basic types of dances in Irish. Hardshoe and softshoe. Hardshoes are also called heavy shoes or jig shoes. The shoes we wear now are made with leather soles and uppers and fiberglass tips and heels. This way we make as much noise as possible.
I am sure you are incredibly curious about what we do with these shoes... right? Well that, is a topic for another time. :) Short and sweet, just to keep you interested. Or something like that.