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History of Irish dance Pag
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Table of Contents:
Introduction page 2
History of Irish dance Page 3
What is a Feis? Find Out On Page 4
What To Wear Page 5
Pictures Page 8 French Vocab Page 11
How to do an Irish dance jump Page 6
Interview with world champion Brogan McCay Page 7
. I am a championship
I have been Irish dancing for
dancer and have been three times to the , also known as the Oireachtas. When I was five I used to grab my fancy shoes put Riverdance on the television and try to copy what they did. I begged and begged my mom to start Irish dance, so finally when I was old enough (six years old) she let me start taking classes. I enrolled in , which now is called O’Conner O’Brien Irish dancer due to the fact that we merged with another school. dance is a passion of mine, because of its hard work, dedication, competition, dance steps and dresses. I am also
teaching , and helping them more about the art. Irish dance is a big part of my life and I hope to continue on and attend nationals, and one day even
Irish Dance was created hundreds of years ago. In the 20th Century Celtic traditions were declined, such as dancing and singing. The British Monarchy persecuted the Irish people by banning any traditions not considered proper, this persecution was documented, "In 1366 the Statute of Kilkenny was decreed imposing heavy penalties against anyone practicing Irish customs." It became rare to dance because of the decree, but it continued on in secret. People would move their feet and keep their hands and arms stiff by their sides. Despite the consistent persecution and fading interest in Irish traditions, dancing has still survived and is practiced today by many young men and women around the world. Irish dance became more popular when the show "River Dance" came out in 1944.
A feis (pronounced fesh) is where dancers from all over the city or even the country, come to compete infront of judges from all over the world. A feis is normally on the weekend and takes up the whole day. On a Saturday the championship dancers and the open dancers compete, and on Sunday the beginner, advanced beginner, novice, and prizewinner’s compete. There are 6 different levels that you can move up in Irish dance; beginner, advanced beginner, novice, prizewinner, championship, and open. These determine how good you are as a dancer, The beginner level is the starting point and open is the highest level you can get to.
What to wear: Ever thought about stating dance, but don’t know what to wear. This will tell you what to wear to classes and what to wear to a feis’. What To Wear To Dance Class: When you go to class there isn’t a dress code, as long as you wear something that is easy to move and dance in. For example shorts and a tee shirt, but you always need to wear socks! In Irish Dance there are 2 different types of shoes that you wear for different dance routines. Hard shoes make a noise kind of like a tap shoe, whereas soft shoes make no sound. When you are 12 years old you get to go on point in hard shoes. What To Wear To A Feis: To prepare for a feis Irish dancers must wear elaborate dresses and wigs. Although there are two types of wigs, a full wig and a bun wig, there are many variations of these. When you first start dancing you don't get a solo dress. There are 6 different levels in Irish dance and you only get your solo dress when you get to the 5th level.
STEP 1: Cross your feet, right over left.
STEP 2: Step the right foot in
front of the left. STEP 3: Step your left foot so that it is touching the outside of your right foot (back in the position you started in.)
STEP 4: Lift your right leg
Straight up, pointing your toe.
STEP 5: While your leg is up in the
In the air, bring your left foot up behind you STEP 6: Bring the left foot through to the front as you are landing. You will be in the same position that you were in when you started the jump.
Interview with world champion Brogan McCay: Tell me a little about yourself. My name is Brogan McCay; I am 14 year’s old and am from Cuige, Uladh Ireland ?. i have been dancing since I was 5, so 9 years. I am a world champion for Irish dancing in my age group and have held this title for the last three years. I was in the movie Jig, a documentary about Irish, Jig the movie follows competitors in the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, through a year of preparations. Do you do privates lessons with your teacher?
‘Oh no, I don’t get privates, because we’re so together, we’re one big family at the McConomys. It’s not fair for any of the other children, because if I got privates, my friends in my age group, they wouldn’t get it so it’s just not fair” Her teacher later explained that “90% of the people in our class can not afford it.”
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