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Month: June 2017

Don’t go to NANs without reading this first!

Don’t go to NANs without reading this first!

Here it is – early July in North America. Or, as it’s more commonly referred to in the Irish dance world, time for North American Nationals! When I was dancing competitively, one of my biggest goals was to make it onto that big stage at NANs. But when it did finally happen I was more excited but also more nervous than I ever thought possible! That’s why I’m sharing this with you now – part memories, part list of things…

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Where to start on your TCRG exam

Where to start on your TCRG exam

Congratulations, you made it in! You’ve been accepted into an exam for your TCRG certification! This is the first step on a long but worthwhile journey; only now the reality sets in- where do you begin? Now the studying really has to start (if it hasn’t already). But fear not! Take a deep breath (I’ll wait)…now, read on to see the Happy Dancer’s top tips for beginning to study for your TCRG exam: (or, if you haven’t been accepted into…

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7 Things to Always pack for a feis

7 Things to Always pack for a feis

This isn’t your obvious “pack your dress, shoes, and wig” post. It’s easy enough to find out what you should pack when you go to a feis (Ready to Feis has a great resource here). We all know the standards – dress ✓ shoes ✓ wig ✓ water ✓. But what about the things you might not think of until you don’t have it? The Happy Dancer polled some feis experts, and came up with the results for you. Scroll…

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Riverdance 20 years later…what’s changed, what’s the same?

Riverdance 20 years later…what’s changed, what’s the same?

Let me set the scene for you: it was just another Tuesday night (cheap night at the movie theatre). I had just bought a ticket to see a movie and sat down for the ‘pre-show’ when I received a text from a friend saying she had free tickets to see the 20th anniversary tour show of Riverdance in town that night – and starting in an hour! Cue to an hour later: sitting in the arena at the very back…

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