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Month: August 2017

A Letter to My Dance Family (Guest Post)

A Letter to My Dance Family (Guest Post)

I have two families: the family I was born into, and the family I danced into. And I know I’m not the only dancer who feels this way either. I’ve seen other dance schools at feisanna and the genuine love for each other that the dancers have. Recently at an event, I shared a thank you letter to my dance family. I’ve modified that letter here to share with you an experience that translates beyond my dance school to help…

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Why “feis travel”?

Why “feis travel”?

Ask anyone I know and they’ll probably tell you that I’m almost always talking about new travel locations and new adventures I’ve researched. These plans don’t always end up happening, but there is definitely some joy found in just planning them all. I’ve even heard of studies that say that part of the happiness you feel surrounding an event is the anticipation. I definitely believe it! Very often I’ve got my head in the clouds thinking about one of two…

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10 Things I wish I’d known before becoming an Irish Dancer

10 Things I wish I’d known before becoming an Irish Dancer

When I started this website, I set out to create a resource for dancers, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in Irish dance. Which is why I kept coming back to this question: what do I wish someone had told me when I was just starting to become a competitive Irish dancer? So here is my list for all you dancers (and parents) as a warning of what you’re in for! 10 Things I wish I’d known before becoming an Irish…

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5 Words that are Different for Irish Dancers pt.2

5 Words that are Different for Irish Dancers pt.2

Here at the Happy Dancer community we’re always coming up with new ways to talk about Irish dance, and the more we talk about it, the more we realize just how many different words we use! If you missed the first five words, read part one here. Then read on for: 5  *more* words that are different for Irish dancers 1. Rock What others think: inanimate object found in nature, varying in size, sometimes used as a pet. What we…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG Exam: Written Section

The written section of the exam was, for me, the section that I was the most nervous about. After 16 years, I knew I could dance, and I already had plenty of assistant teaching experience. But with 30 ceilis to learn and be able to write about, the book can seem really overwhelming! That’s why I sat down with my best friend- and organizational guru- to bring you some tips and tricks on how to study for the written portion…

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How to deal with disappointing results at a feis

How to deal with disappointing results at a feis

Competitive Irish dance has so many ups and downs, and in a feis day you’re likely to experience all of them! You and your teachers know how hard you’ve worked to be there, and sometimes you even finish your dance feeling like you completely nailed it. You went up on stage and danced your absolute best! This must be a win, right? And then the results are posted… somehow your number wasn’t announced. How can this be?! You danced SO…

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