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Top 5 Dumbest Reactions I Get When I Tell Someone I’m An Irish Dancer

Irish Dancer Tying Ghillies by Shelly Hathaway Photography

Whenever I tell someone new that I’m an Irish dancer, it’s always interesting to observe the kind of reaction I get. Most people will think it’s cool, some will even ask to be invited to a show. Every now and then, however, the reactions I get are a little dumb, sometimes even rude.

I’ve learned that once in a while you’ll come across people who see Irish dancing as more of a joke than a respected dance form. It’s those people who make some Irish dancers a little nervous about telling others what they do. To be sure, anyone who makes fun of Irish dance has never actually witnessed first hand what an Irish dancer can do, let alone tried to accomplish it themselves.

So, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the top five dumbest reactions I get when I tell someone I’m an Irish dancer.

“I’m an Irish dancer…”

5: “That’s cool… so do you think it will rain today?”

This is the reaction I’ll get more than any other. I’ll tell someone I’m an Irish dancer and they change the subject very quickly. You’d think sharing the fact that you Irish dance would be some sort of conversation starter, but for some reason they’ve decided it’s not interesting at all, or perhaps they weren’t actually listening. Either way, a really bad reaction.

4: “Why do you do that?”

The very question implies that you can’t understand why someone would want to do something like Irish dance. The fact that you asked me shows you know nothing about Irish dance and therefore have given me the annoying task of convincing you that what I do is not a joke.

3: “So… you’re a leprechaun?”

Could you be more cliche? Are you actually using the idea of Ireland being associated with leprechauns to make fun of me? This type of reaction is so dumb I can hardly muster any respect for the person afterward.

2: *silence*

This reaction is much like the change of subject, but even worse. I’ll say I’m an Irish dancer and they’ll say nothing at all, often they’ll turn to someone else and start a new conversation, ending the one they were having with me. So weird! I really can’t explain this reaction, but it’s definitely the one I dislike more than any other.

1: “Like this?” *starts shuffling their feet and kicking in every direction, in an attempt to imitate Michael Flatley*

This has to be the most entertaining reaction, but at the same time the absolute dumbest one. Do you really think it’s wise to show someone who’s an expert in Irish dance a pathetic attempt to imitate them?

What’s the dumbest reaction you’ve ever received?

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  1. Well, I'm not an Irish dancer but I always think it's funny when I tell people I'm an artist and they say, "Oh wow! I can't even draw a straight line!". Um, neither can I. 🙂 Well at least not without a ruler.

  2. I have to say, the fifth one is what I get 98% of the time 😀 usually, i just laugh and say: OK, if you REALLY wanna learn how to do it, here's a phone number of my school, come and join, don't embarrass yourself anymore 😛

  3. #1 is the one I get the most. Not only does the person look ridiculous but a little unintelligent when they start bouncing around.

  4. When I told my friend that I used to do Irish Dance, he stared at me blankly and said,"What's that?" so I demonstrated, even though I haven't done it in a while 😉

  5. I never tell anyone for the fear I'll get bullied. People in my school think it's "not cool" so you shouldn't do it. Screw that.

  6. A boy in my class saw me practicing once (I like to go into open but empty classrooms to practice) and asked me if I was doing Riverdance. I told him no, I'm Irish Dancing. He said "isn't that the same thing?" and so I replied "no, but it is kinda a form of Irish dance. Like a square vs rectangle.". He mumbled an excuse to leave and left the classroom.

  7. Don't worry Emily, those are the people who aren't worth telling. They'll never know the things that are considered 'uncool' are also the things that can bring you the most joy.

  8. Some people don’t say anything, but then, 5 minutes later, they go : “Hey, Mara, look, I’m Irish dancing too!”, while dumbingly stomping on to the floors.

  9. when i say that, i usually receive a response like “aha, ummmm, that’s great, we all need some sports training”…. or both № 1 and 5 🙂 the one “unique” variant was – “aha, you’re clapping your feet!”…
    cheerz frm Russia!

  10. A lot of the time will ask me if it’s clogging or tap dance and I have to bite my tongue and just say “no. no it is not clogging or tapping”. I also get the “aw can you dance for us!” which has lead to me dancing in random places more than once…

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  12. Whenever someone asks me if I’m Riverdancing, I just ask “would you call ballet Swan-laking?”
    Works every time.

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