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4 Ways To Continue Improving Your Irish Dancing


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.

Sometimes we’re practicing really hard but it doesn’t seem like anything is improving. If you feel like you’ve hit the dreaded plateau there are things you can do to ensure that you get back on the path of constant improvement.

Here is what I do in this situation:

1. Identify the Problem

The first step is to identify what specific parts of your dancing need work. Your dance teacher or other dancers in your class are a great resource for this. It is also helpful to have yourself video taped so that your teacher or another dancer can show you exactly what isn’t quite right.

2. Break it Down

With the exception of a stamina issue, the best way to improve other parts of your Irish Dancing is to break it down. This means taking skills or steps apart to teach your body exactly where to put your feet, legs, and body so that you are dancing correctly. Break Down is essential for improving things such as turn out and cross.

3. Put it to Music

The next step is to put the pieces you’ve broken down back to music. As we all know rhythm and timing are very important to successful Irish dancing. It is also important to be able to perform each piece as well in your steps as you do when you break it down.

4. Manage Expectations

While it is healthy to want to improve, it is not realistic to expect everything to improve at once. Focus on what is getting better and this will yield great results.
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