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10 Positive Thoughts For Mental Preparation In Irish Dance

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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.

With the North American Irish Dance Championships and the summer feis season quickly approaching, it’s crunch time for many dancers. It’s easy to get discouraged during long practices in the summer months. Mental preparation is equally as important as physical preparation so here are ten thoughts to quiet the voice in your head that says “I can’t.”  

1. Every time I do this step, it gets a little bit better.
2. I’ve practiced my jig so many times I could do it in my sleep.
3. Nothing compares to the feeling of flying during a leap.
4. My sore legs and feet are just a sign that I’m working hard.
5. This stamina work out is really helping me dance better on my third step.
6. My T.C. is only being hard on me because he/she wants me to succeed.
7. I’ll do it just one more time to make sure I have it.
8. The audience at this competition is here to cheer me on, not to judge me.
9. I can do this.
10. I am stronger than I ever thought possible.

Good luck to all dancers competing at the North American Irish Dance Championships!

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