Ring in the New Year by reviewing the most popular Irish dance videos posted to YouTube in the last 12 months.
As I’ve done in years past, I built this year’s list by searching “Irish dance” and “Irish dancing” on YouTube, filtering results to include only those videos uploaded in 2013. From there, I sorted the results based on view count.
Popular dance music has captured the attention of Irish dancers and others. This trend of meshing old and new is as strong as ever.
Though many Irish dance videos have amassed thousands of views, the top 10 or so videos on the list are clear winners, some having been watched hundreds of thousands of times.
Without further ado, here are the top 13 Irish dance videos posted to YouTube in 2013, beginning with the winner:
1. Hammerstep’s “America’s Got Talent” audition
Hammerstep’s been going strong for a few years now. The dance crew, co-founded by two-time world Irish dance champion Garrett Coleman and former Riverdance lead dancer Jason Oremus, has performed around the world, everywhere from rural Africa to Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Coleman and Oremus were joined on the AGT stage by Meghan Lucey, Nicole Zepcevski, Jonathon Srour, Kamaal Davis and Ronald Simmons. Together, the crew wowed the judges, including radio shock jock Howard Stern, who told the crew, "Your skill level is so high that you're impossible to ignore.”
Stern’s right. Hammerstep cannot and will not be ignored as they sit comfortably at the tippy-top of this year’s list. Congrats, Hammerstep!
2. “Take the Floor” flash mob in Dublin Airport
3. Dancing and trad session on train from Dublin to Galway
4. “Cup Song” -- Irish dance-style
5. “Fantastic Footwork,” by the Boston Globe
6. An Daire Irish Dancers’ “Gangnam Style”
7. The Academy’s “America’s Got Talent” performance
8. The Gathering’s Irish dance tutorial
9. Victorian State Irish Dancing Championships dance of champions
10. TapTronic’s “Hold Your Breath”
11. Irish Dancing World Championships 6th-place ceili performance
12. Riverdance’s longest line world record
13. Senior world champs Claire Greaney and Tyler Schwartz