treble jigs

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here’s my new old blackthorn stick. 

friendly reminders to myself as Feis Day *scare chord* approaches… 

  • I was still mostly in novice this time last year
  • my goal for the entire year is to get into prelim
  • prelim by June is a reach goal
  • going to the Oireachtas this November (though my fellow dancers have been HUGELY encouraging on this front) is a reach goal… like extremely so, like holy shit slow down there
  • if I don’t get the slip jig… I’ll be frustrated, but it’s not the end of the world, it just means I’m going to Dayton in a month to try again
  • I’ve literally won my treble jig FIVE TIMES and the reason I’m dancing it is not to win, but to start getting some competitive experience with the new steps
  • and again, those last two, because those are making me the most nervous: 
  • if I don’t get the slip jig this weekend it just means I’m going to Dayton in a month to try again, and I’m dancing the treble jig not to win but to get competitive experience with the new steps

this has been Friendly Reminders to Myself, tune in next time when hopefully my brain remembers to turn on the nerves and adrenaline on the actual competition day rather than two days before

Signs as Irish dancers:


Aries: the dancer who can always do, like, 5 full treble
jigs. And will, just for fun.


Taurus: the expert on solo dresses. Wanna design one? Your
person. Wanna steal one? They’re up for that, too.


Gemini: the dancer who learns all their steps in three
seconds. Just by watching.


Cancer: the glue of your dance school. Friends with
everybody, always the one to keep the peace.


Leo:  the expert on
hair and makeup. Will happily help others with wigs, and somehow always has
perfect eyeliner.


Virgo: loooooves drills. Doesn’t matter if the drill is
actually in their dance or not, any chance to improve technique, they’ll take
it.


Libra: the super elegant, graceful dancer. Has perfect
extension.  Probably loves the slip-jig.


Scorpio: the dancer with the best tricks, highest leaps.
Probably only wants to dance reels.


Sagittarius: the choreographer. Will put together awesome
steps for anything, just ask.


Capricorn: the dancer who wants to go as far as possible.
Nationals? Of course. Worlds? Absolutely.


Aquarius: the best team dancer in your class. Can seemingly
match anyone’s style.


Pices: the dancer who is always there when things are going
well, or terribly. Usually around cancer, together they will do their best to
make your worst feis seem not so bad.

And for all who were wondering, this isn’t a quote. I’m just really bored, and tumblr, in all it’s infinite glory, did not let me post it as text. UGGHHHH.

since many people have asked me to post a video of my dancing and I never make time at class for it, you’re in luck because my mom decide to videotape me at the feis this weekend !

all first place winners had to dance a contrasting set to the set they competed in, and since I did a treble jig I had to do a hornpipe, and unfortunately the only hornpipe I knew was downfall at 76 :/ haha this is the second time I’ve danced this set in 2 ½ years since my age group was the weird one that did reel and hornpipe for so long. this is only the right foot because I am planning on revamping the set and maybe bringing it back eventually so I don’t want the entire thing out there :p

enjoy ! :)

anonymous asked:

What is your jump roping circuit?

ok so it’s kind of hard to explain but I’ll do the best I can! I may do a video tutorial soon:)

1. 200 “warm up” jumps. These can be straight jumps or alternating, it’s up to you.

2. 100 high knees as fast as you can (yes while skipping rope)

3. 100 butt kicks, basically the same as 3^

4. 50 right leg only

5. 50 left leg only

6. Points- start with 4 sets of 8 per leg but work your way up from there

7. Last is the killer… jumping as fast as you possibly can to a full treble jig or hornpipe. Try to think the steps in your head as you jump to the music, this helps with getting over the mental part of stamina when doing your dances! You should add steps on when you get better but remember to jump as fast as you can or this won’t give you the results it should. this should be followed by doing the same exercise to your light round and your set too!

Hope this made some sense!! get jumping

🍀 Irish Dance Questions🍀

1) hard shoe or soft shoe?
2) favourite dress maker/designer/brand?
3) favourite famous dancer?
4) favourite age group? (Can’t be your own)
5) treble jig or hornpipe?
6) reel or slip jig?
7) biggest accomplishment in dance?
8) brand of hardshoes?
9) wig colour?
10) best you’ve done at a major?
11) one thing you like best about your dancing?
12) one thing you need to work on in your dancing?
13) name of your dance school?
14) favourite set music?
15) current set dance?
16) best dance memory?
17) would you choose dance over school if you could?
18) how many solo dresses have you had?
19) school/team dress colours?
20) favourite team/figure dance?
21) bun or full wig?
22) worst dance injury?
23) favourite dance show?
24) what’s in your dance bag right now?
25) dream solo dress?
26) favourite move/trick?
27) favourite feis?
28) where do u practice in your house?
29) favourite dance quote?
30) favourite part of being at your dance school/studio?
31) ever moved dance schools?
32) would you consider moving dance schools if some of your friends did?
33) biggest inspiration?
34) one goal that you want to achieve before you stop dancing?
35) do you talk to your competitors backstage?
36) do you tan for feises?
37) have you ever won anything that wasn’t a trophy, medal or sash? 38) have you done any other kinds of dance?
39) what do u think the reason would be for you retiring from dance?
40) do you use white shoelaces for softshoes?
41) how old were you when you first started dancing?
42) would you continue dancing at another school if your school closed?
43) do you get nervous backstage?
44) do you have anything special you do after feises?
45) have you ever been in a parade of champions?
46) how do you motivate yourself to practice before feises?
47) do you do any other sports besides dance?
48) what’s one thing you don’t like about dance?
49) have you ever fallen on stage?
50) if someone told you that you could only dance for one more month, what would your reaction be?

To all the champ dancers discouraged with their progress

I see you, doubled over in the studio as you catch your breath after yet another run-through of your treble jig. You’re dead tired, with nothing left in the tank.  You feel like you’re not getting better–you’re getting worse. Your shirt is drenched and the saltwater of your tears mixes with your perspiration as you wonder “Why am I not improving?”

I’m here to tell you YOU ARE IMPROVING.  You are just not improving as quickly as you did before.  When you were a beginner, the leap from good to better was easy.  It was the difference between pointing your toes, or getting off your heels, or really listening to the music.  It was easy to improve one thing and move onto the next, especially when you had good role models that you could emulate–whether that was a novice, prizewinner or champ dancer.

Now that you’re a champ, you’ve reached a level that many Irish dancers only dream of. However, you won’t be improving as fast.  If the difference between a beginner dancer and a champ dancer is five feet, the difference between a prelim and an open dancer is four inches.  If the difference between a new Opens dancer and a WQ is an inch, the difference between a WQ and a WMH is a centimeter, and the difference between a medal and a globe is a millimeter.  Because you’re tinkering and fine-tuning and figuring out what works from week to week instead of “learning the single jig”, it may feel like you’re going backwards, especially if you made rapid progress through the grades only to feel like you’re stalled in Champs.

From week to week you may not see progress.  But I promise, taken over the course of a year, or two years, or the rest of your dancing career, the effort you put in will make a cumulative difference in your dancing.  Every time you think about turning out that back foot a little bit more, or working the consistency of your rhythm, or keeping that pesky right arm in, is going to pay off one day.  It may not be by the next feis, but if you’re a champ, you are playing a long game. Local competitions are opportunities to try out new things on stage or get more comfortable with steps, but they aren’t the end-all, be-all.

The other part that may make you feel like you’re sliding backwards is that your awareness of what good dancing looks like grows faster than your dancing ability.  Instead of feeling sad and trapped about this, use it to fuel your practices.  You can self-correct because you know what looks good and what doesn’t.  You may not be dancing like a world champ today, but you can figure out how to incorporate that into your dancing over time.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Ira Glass, which applies to any creative endeavor, including dance (emphasis mine):

“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. […] It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Happy practicing, y'all.  Let's get into the studio and find our next victory, no matter how small.