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The Three Sea Captains with Nicola Byrne

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  1. Hi Nicola,
    I really like the Three Sea Captains so far. Do you think it would b suitable to teach for grade 9 exams which calls for 2 modern set dances.
    I’m not too sure if its high enough level . Do you have any idea. We are not in mainstream dancing as I am teaching in Dubai and my pupils would not be exposed to highly technical steps?

    • Hi Siobhan,

      I am sure that this would be ok as far as level goes. I think that it really does not matter about the steps (as long as they are not complete beginner steps) as long as they are danced and taught in the right manner. This is true as well for TCRG exams, you don’t need to be able to dance the most amazing and intricate steps but need to have a good understanding of music, timing and rhythm and if ask you should be able to perform or at least describe some of the more difficult moves.

      If these steps are practiced and performed correctly then I am sure that you will get a good grade in your exams.

      How is dancing doing in Dubai? Its fantastic to hear that you are doing grade exams there!

      Best of luck,


      • Thanks Shane that’s great. I really appreciate your advice.
        Things going well here , obviously nothing like the level of dancing at home but the kids enjoy learning.
        We do some performances around Paddy’s Day and of course the exams are great incentive.
        Thanks again,

  2. is this a straight front leg jump in the beginning or a bent leg (almost a hop/jump)? hard to tell from the straight on angle thank you 🙂

    • Hey Aisling,

      You can do this in both styles, either with a straight knee or a bent knee. The bent knee would be more traditional and would be seen a lot in the very unique Leinster style of dancing which is where Nicola is from. These days, In competition, it would generally be performed with a straight knee. It is really up to you which one you think looks nicer.

      Good luck with the steps!


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