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The top 15 Irish dance videos of 2015

Another year has passed, and a whole new batch of high-kicking, treble-making perfection has been uploaded to YouTube.

Even though I’ve been practically MIA on the blogging front for a year, I just haaaaad to return for this one annual tradition: Counting down the very best Irish dance videos on Youtube.

As in previous years, I’ve determined the top videos based on these factors:

  • Videos on the list were found on YouTube using the search term “Irish dance” or “Irish dancing”
  • Videos must have been posted to YouTube in the current calendar year (2015)
  • Videos are among the most viewed – based on search team and calendar year
  • Videos must include ACTUAL Irish dancing. You’re out of luck, cute babies bouncing along to Irish-y tunes. And to those pretending to Irish dance, just stop. You’re embarrassing yourselves.

Without further ado, here are the top 15 Irish dance videos of 2015:

15. Riverdance 20th Anniversary

No better way to kick off the list than recognizing the original Irish dance sensation that opened the world’s collective eye to the power and grace that is step dancing.

14. The Willis Clan’s dance routine

Unlike fellow reality show family the Duggars, the Willis Clan has ACTUAL TALENT. Keep it real, Willis family! Congratulations on making the list.

13. Vienna flashmob

Who doesn’t love a good flashmob?

12. Owen Luebbers – “Stronger”

If this was a list of top Instagram or Vine videos, numbers 1 through 15 would be ALL OWEN LUEBBERS. Happy to say this dancing phenom’s stardom crossed over to YouTube territory to make our annual list.

11. Sarah Louise Dooley and Sinead Mooney – “Cheerleader”

Much like the above social media star in the No. 12 spot, Sarah and Sinead made waves trebling to pop music, too. Get it, girls!

10. Senior ladies figure champions – World Irish Dancing Championships in Montreal

It’s champion time! These senior ladies won Worlds – and it’s no wonder!

9. NAIDC parade of champions – day 3

Champions on champions on champions…

8. City of London Feis parade of champions

What a lovely day for a parade. OF CHAMPS.

7. Mikaela’s recall round at Worlds 2014

Mikaela, make sure to tell your friends and family to not record you while in motion on stage. We don’t want you getting in trouble, deary. But fab dancing!

6. St. Patrick’s Day flashmob in Finland

Again, another flashmob success story.

5. The Next Step: Irish dance

Whoa. What school is this? Love the acapella routine and natural hair on the ladies.

4. Freedom

This video was a frontrunner for best Irish dance video of the year – some websites even bestowed that very title upon it without much empirical evidence – but we play by the rules here at RincePop! Still, what an amazing display of talent and cool. As much as I personally love this video, it’s not quite the big winner in terms of video views. For that honor, scroll on down.

3. Lord of the Dance on the “Graham Norton Show”


Technically, these two videos came in third and fourth place respectively. Combined, this clip from the show would be number one on the list. But as they say, united they conquer; divided they fall.

2. ABCs of Irish dance

Call me old and crotchety, but this is weird. Is this a popular YouTube practice? Using the alphabet to display skills? Regardless of my own opinions, Bethany G, the video’s host, is a young dynamo. She has nearly 75,000 YouTube subscribers. Good on you, young lady.

1. Buzzfeed’s Try It Guys try Irish dance

With 2.6 million views and counting, this Buzzfeed video is by far the year’s most popular Irish dance video. This comical display not only made viewers laugh, but it proved just how difficult even the most basic Irish dance steps can be. Also, Zane’s teeth.

*HONORABLE MENTION: Fusion Fighters Orchestra

This gem of a video should be in the top four, but it didn’t appear in an initial search for “Irish dance” or “Irish dancing.” But let’s not hold that against these talented gentlemen. I BLAME GOOGLE.

*HONORABLE MENTION: ProdiJIG: Revolution

Like the Fusion Fighters video above, this theatrical event of a dance video also evaded the qualifying YouTube search. But with more than 100k views, there is NO WAY we can leave ProdiJIG off the list. Well done, to say the very least.

RinceBits: Irish dancers making [news]papers

These week, I want to amplify Irish dancers’ appearances in community newspapers and on local news stations — and they’re not necessarily being recognized for their dancing!

Great to see so many Irish dancers making the news for dance abilities, and a variety of other skills and honors.

South Buffalo woman taps heritage to stir Korean flavors into her cuisine, The Buffalo News
I’m proud to say this article is about my pal and teammate Mollie McCabe, a Korean-born Irish dancer who uses cooking as a way to merge her biological roots to her adopted Irish heritage. You may recognize Mollie from her Heartbeat of Home audition video. Not only can she dance, the girl can cook.

Over the moon: Local woman earns spot at World Irish Dance Championship, The Frederick News-Post
Whitney Hanson, a 27-year-old dancer, didn’t get started in Irish dance until she was about 14 — that’s pretty late in the game, considering many world-qualifiers were learning their first dance steps not long after taking their first walking steps. Still, Whitney earned her spot among the best, and she’ll be competing in the World Irish Dance Championships in London. Whitney, who works in a pharmacy, says she practices “between two and six hours every day she isn’t working.” That’s dedication. Good luck, Whitney!

Starring role for Larne’s Lord of the Dance, Larne Times
Morgan Comer, 24, is the new Lord of the Dance — well, one of the many talented dancers since Michael Flatley to play the role of the “lord.” Congrats, Morgan! We look forward to hearing more about your first performance as lead male dancer.

Stepping up for diversity: UI student shares Irish dance, culture as part of homecoming kickoff, Iowa Now
University of Iowa student Meghan Ryan danced at a local diversity festival. As much as her Irish dance backgrounds contributes to her sense of personal culture, it’s her studies in foreign languages that show how truly devoted to diversity the young woman really is. She studied Spanish, French and Arabic in school. Arabic got her interested in the Middle East, and she ended up studying abroad in Morocco this past summer.

Michael Flatley co-creates ‘World Dance Awards’

Michael Flatley and film industry mogul Harvey Weinstein have created an award show to honor all the best lords and ladies of the dance.

According to a Guardian article, Flatley came up with the idea for the “World Dance Awards,” and Weinstein was all over the idea, too. So the two decided to team up and announce the award show concept at the Mipcom conference in Cannes.

“It’s going to be a game changer for all the networks that buy the show,” said Weinstein, who compared the show to the Grammys. “This is going to be a ratings blockbuster that the people who buy it early will have year after year after year.”

“It’s a dream come true which has taken too long to happen,” Flatley told ScreenDaily. “We hope it will appeal to millions and millions of kids from around the world who dance, of every nationality. The best thing about the show is its large demographic – from five to 95, dance appeals to all ages.”