Something I’ve learned the hard way during my many years of Irish dancing is the importance of buying the right size ghillies for my feet. It may not sound so important when you first hear this advice but I am definitely guilty of buying ghillies a size or even half size too big. I didn’t think the bit of space in the toes was a big deal, but I soon found out it was costing me in competition.
A lot of beginners don’t realize it, but when you point your toe in a shoe that is slightly too big, the arch of the ghillie will not bend with your foot. Your foot slides into a perfect arch without the shoe and no one is able to see your point.
Having ghillies that were too big resulted in a lot of comments from Feis judges saying things like point your toes or more arch. I didn’t understand these comments because I always worked hard to point my toes while dancing. I just assumed I wasn’t dancing as well as I could be.
It wasn’t until we had a workshop in class talking about the importance of having ghillies that fit tight on your feet that I understood there was nothing wrong with the way I was pointing my feet. All I needed were smaller ghillies!
So I bought a new pair, this time the right size! Since then, I always make sure the ghillies I buy fit snug on my feet and I now no longer receive any comments about pointing my toes.
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