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The 10 Best Things About Joining An Irish Dance Group In College

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Ally Giannini is an Open Champion dancer for the Lenihan School of Irish Dance as well as a student at Fairfield University. She loves keeping updated on all things Irish Dance. For more from Ally, follow her on twitter @ally_geeniee019.

Screen shot 2014-03-13 at 9.37.40 AMfter graduating high school and going away to college, it is very common to miss Irish Dance, especially if your dance school is nowhere near home. My school has a specific Irish Dance section group of our dance ensemble. Joining this group has been one of the best decisions I’ve made since coming to college. I’ve met dancers from different schools and organizations and have learned a lot from them.

Here are ten things that make college Irish Dance groups awesome:

  1. You are surrounded by people who speak the Irish Dance language.
  2. You often have the opportunity to perform in shows.
  3. You get to exercise in a fun way.
  4. You have people to watch live streams from majors with.
  5. You can learn different dance terminology from other regions.
  6. You can listen to your favorite reel or hornpipe, judgment free.
  7. It’s not weird to wear poodle socks around campus if you’re going to an Irish Dance practice.
  8. You have complete creative freedom over the routines you create.
  9. You have people to talk about the latest dress styles with.
  10. You can get away from the stress of college with an activity that reminds you of home.

Don’t hesitate to join your Irish Dance group. If your school doesn’t have an Irish Dance group then you should consider starting one!

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