What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #20—Attack

June 30, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Have you ever gotten the comment “more attack” from a judge at a feis?

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #19—Stamina

June 16, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Here are some specific things you can do to be able to push through the end of your dances.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #18—Facial Expression

June 3, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Five important things for Irish dancers to think about when working on facial expression.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #17—Movement

May 22, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Four fantastic tips for improving your movement.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #16—Elevation

May 8, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Here are several things you need to do in order to improve your elevation.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #14—Up In Back

April 8, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Here are a few tips on how to improve your lift in back.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #13—Flexibility

February 20, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

When adjudicators watch you dance in competition, they want to see good flexibility.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #12—Height On Toes

February 7, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

It’s very important for Irish dancers to stay high up on their toes all the time, both in soft shoe and hard shoe dances.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #11—Loud, Clear Hard Shoe Sound

January 27, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

In order to succeed in hard shoe competition, dancers need to have an exciting rhythm & crisp sound. Here are some essential steps for making sure your sound is loud and clear.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #10—Extension

January 9, 2014 by Ariel Bennett

Three main steps to help you improve your extension.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #9—Perfect Arms & Hands

December 11, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

The way Irish dancers hold their arms by their sides is one of the most distinctive features of our art form. Here are 4 important things to remember as you work on your arms.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #8—Toe Point

December 4, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

To get perfect toe point, you need to work on strengthening and engaging two different sets of muscles: the calf muscles and the arch muscles. Here’s how to get what the judges are looking for.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #7—Cross

November 25, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

When judges watch you compete, one of the things they want to see is that your feet are crossed all the time. Here are some of things you should think about when you practice your cross –

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #6—Turnout

November 11, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

Here are three main steps to improve your turnout.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #5 — A Positive First Impression

October 31, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

As an Irish dancer, you need to make sure that everything about your performance shows the adjudicator that you are confident, polished, and prepared―even before you start dancing.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #4—Posture

October 23, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

In Irish dancing, it’s easy to forget about your upper body. Here’s what to keep in mind to get that perfect posture the judges are looking for.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #3—Timing

October 9, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

Timing is the most important aspect of Irish dancing. Here are 5 ways to make sure your timing is perfect.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #2—Covering Up Mistakes

September 12, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

When you practice your steps, one of the things you need to do is work on NOT letting the judge know when you’ve made a mistake.

What Do Irish Dance Judges Look For? #1—Strong Steps

September 5, 2013 by Ariel Bennett

Steps themselves don’t win medals; the way you dance your steps wins medals. Judges want to see certain things from your steps when you compete.


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