"I use every inch of The Story of Irish Dance for my class at NYU in Irish Dance Performance. Helen Brennan's words breathe life into the history of our Irish dancing past and present. It is an invaluable resource." --Jean Butler, start of the original Riverdance
"A stimulating, smart and joyful account of the history of Irish step dance. The only book I ever read that answered questions I had about Irish Dance. This is a must read for every Irish dancer with an inquisitive mind!" --Colin Dunne, internationally renowned dancer and choreographer
"Helen Brennan's brilliant book is absolutely essential reading to anyone with an interest in the magnificent legacy and evolving story of Irish dance. It is scholarly but warm-hearted, erudite but readable, a work of astounding knowledge and inspiriting love, from a person with an utterly passionate devotion to her subject. It is a treasury of discoveries and an absolute joy. I warmly recommend it." --novelist Joseph O'Connir
"Helen Brennan's witty and encyclopedic account of the development of Irish dance offers a fascinating insight into this much-loved facet of Irish life. It is a wonderful and stimulating resource."-Ruán Magan, Director of the recent prize-winning dance-documentary - 'Steps of Freedom.'