Irish dancer casts off dress

Irish dancer casts off dress
Breanna with her father and dancing teacher Kevin Broesler. Photo by: Breanna Broesler

A female Irish dancer attracted a lot of attention at the recent World Championships in Glasgow when she competed in trousers rather than a dress.

Breanna Broesler, 22, from New Jersey, took part in the Senior Ladies competition and left some audience members confused when she took to the stage wearing pants.

This is something Breanna has done before, but after a short clip was posted on Instagram by Irish group Fusion Fighters, people in the dancing community have started to take notice.

The video has more than 1,000 likes, while more than 250 people have commented on the clip, giving Breanna their support or sharing their confusion on the matter.

Costume has recently become a huge part of the Irish dancing experience, with large, colourful dresses, wigs and heavier make-up now par for the course.


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But Breanna, who has been dancing since she was four, told Irish-American website IrishCentral that she thought she should wear trousers for “a bit of a joke”.

She also noted that she has never really disliked the costumes and has no problem wearing a dress during ceilis or school functions such as St. Patrick’s Day parades.

She is part of the Broesler school – founded by her father, Kevin Broesler, a former national and world champion step dancer – and said she made sure wearing her unique outfit was completely “legal”.

“It’s 100 per cent allowed,” she said.

“Once my dad and I decided we were going to go through with the idea, he checked it out. It turns out there is nothing against it.”

Breanna explained that she is not the only female who chooses to compete in trousers; she saw another girl wearing them at the US National Championships in Rhode Island.

And she feels that it is all part of the rapid evolution of Irish dancing; that soon it could become so common a topic that it wouldn’t be unusual to see a girl in pants or a boy in a dress.

Check out the Fusion Fighters Instagram page for clips and links:


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