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How To Stay Sane During St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dance Shows


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 2014-03-03 at 10.17.34 AMt’s that time of year again, St. Patrick’s Day month, or as other people call it, March. Most Irish Dancers spend the entire month driving from pub to pub and marching in an assortment of parades. The entire month ends up turning into a blur and we stumble into April still wearing our wigs and humming a reel. Here are some tips for Irish Dancers during this busy time:


  • Bring Snacks – You never know when hunger will strike and one cannot live off of Shamrock Shakes alone. Of course some sweet treats are a must, but some protein bars, apples and veggie sticks will be more satisfying in the long run.
  • Drink Lots of Water – We’ve heard it all before, water will keep you hydrated and happy.
  • Take Power Naps – When you have back to back shows sometimes the best way to recharge is to take a twenty minute power nap. My dance school often has nap time and we are all much happier afterwards.
  • Smile – For the most part, everybody watching your show doesn’t know what foot you’re supposed to be on or what type of treble you should be doing. Sometimes they can’t even see your feet! So smile and enjoy yourself on stage, because everybody knows that Irish Dancers are the best part of St. Patrick’s Day!


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