Sometimes it’s hard to know which steps are the best to compete. We all have TCRG’s who teach us multiple combinations and some steps fit our own personal style better, while others do not. In the past I’ve talked about dancing steps that show your strengths, and that is always extremely important if you really want to perform your best before a judge. Now I want to talk about dancing steps that you love.
Why did you start Irish dancing? Was it to to work on your poise, to lose weight or to show others how fast you can make your feet move in less than a second? My guess the answers to these questions would be no. You Irish dance because you love it! A lot of dancers get so caught up in preparing for competitions that they forget why they started dancing in the first place. Many times I’ve watched dancers perform steps that show their strengths, but their lack of enthusiasm makes their performance kind of boring. They perform the steps as best they can, but there’s no heart, no fire or excitement in the performance and in the end you know they didn’t have any fun at all.
It’s so very important to have fun when you’re Irish dancing! Not just so you enjoy it, but also because you can really tell the difference between a dancer who loves what they’re dancing and one who doesn’t. The stomps are harder, the leaps are higher, the transitions are smoother, and in the end they win more trophies!
It’s true not all dancers have the freedom to choose which steps they can compete, but if you ever have do have the choice, choose steps that you enjoy dancing. You’ll have a better chance of winning and you’ll have more fun!
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