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Ever wanted  to  be   able  to  do  an  irish   dance  jump?  

History of   Irish  dance   Pag  

About the   author   h     t i  w on   w e i i p v r m Inte ld  cha ay.   C r c o M w n   a g Bro    

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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                                    Before     Are  your  dance  shoes  old  and  worn?  They  don’t  have  to  be  any   more,  for  just  $6.79  and  a  little  hard  work  you  can  have  them   looking  brand  new  in  no  time.  



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