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Month: November 2017

Top holiday gifts for Irish dancers

Top holiday gifts for Irish dancers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oireachtas are (for almost everyone) past, it’s now time to celebrate successes and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Growing up as both an Irish dancer and someone whose name is spelled quite specifically, it was rare to find personalized or dance-related holiday gifts. Shout out to all those Irish dancers who got Highland dance themed gifts from well-intentioned family members (“it’s almost like Irish dance, right?”)! Thankfully, the times are…

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TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG EXAM: MUSIC SECTION

Ah, the music section of the TCRG/TMRF/ADCRG exams. This is one that, in my experience, people either love it or hate it (and if they love it, they’ll often come to hate it by the time they’ve heard the same sets for the 40th time!). It may feel as though you’ve been listening to Irish set and ceili music since you were a beginner, but this exam section is a bit more complicated when you have to pick out all…

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Heading to ECRO in Toronto?

Heading to ECRO in Toronto?

Toronto is a great city – packed full of people, cultures, restaurants, and shopping! This isn’t the first time that Eastern Canadian Regional Oireachtas (ECRO) has been hosted in Toronto, but there is always something new to see and do when you visit! Oireachtas is a busy dance-filled weekend, so it can be hard to take time to get outside of the venue even for a few hours. As someone who has competed at many an “O”, trust me, you’ll…

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Goal Setting Part 2

Goal Setting Part 2

As we talked about in part 1 of this goal setting series, competitive Irish dancing is a tough sport these days. Results may feel very subjective, the top dancers are working harder than ever, and setting a broad goal like “do better” won’t get you to the top anymore. That said, if you’re prepared to set specific goals and work hard to get there, you can reach those goals. And you don’t have to be a champion level dancer to…

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