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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What Practice Music do I start with?!

What Practice Music do I start with?!

One of the first things I hear as a dance teacher when my dancers start to become more interested in practicing is, “can you give me some music to use at home?” or, “what practice music do I search for?” That’s why I’ve put together this collection of music/artists to help your at-home practicing. A note on music speeds: beginner/advanced beginners tend to dance to faster music than the more advanced levels. This is because the steps are more simple…

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What to expect at your first feis

What to expect at your first feis

Welcome to the wonderful world of competitive Irish dance! So you’ve decided you (or your dancing child) are going to take the leap from recreational classes and try out this thing called a “feis” (pronounced “fesh”)? Fantastic! Let me show you around, I’ve been here a while… 1. Your first feis will seem like organized chaos. This is to be expected, don’t panic! Feis venues can be hosted at any number of locations: community centres, high schools, colleges, convention centres,…

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5 words that are different for Irish dancers

5 words that are different for Irish dancers

We all know that words matter in Irish dance. Go to any studio and you’ll hear a silly combination of lilting (singing to the tune of the music), made up words, and indescribable sounds coming from your teachers. To make things more complicated, dancers often use different words to describe the same move – do you call it a treble, a rally, or a batter? One thing we can all agree on though, is how much fun it is to take…

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I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I retired from Irish dance…now what?!

I recently officially ‘retired’ from competitive Irish dance. That’s a tough sentence to write, even despite knowing it was the right decision. After spending almost 16 years of my life focused on competition and the dance world, to step back now begs the question, “now what?” How do you know when to retire? Before making the decision to stop competing and pursue the next step (for me, it was going to be the TCRG certification), I spent a lot of…

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Top tips for summer training

Top tips for summer training

It’s summer time! Time for sunshine and afternoons by the pool, and if you’re a dancer, a new level of sweatiness. Summer can be a tough time for Irish dancers. We don’t have a “season” like other sports that allows us to alternate between high intensity and downtime. Add in the fact that North American Nationals (and local feises) are smack dab in the middle of the summer and you’ve definitely got an uphill battle to maintain stamina and performance….

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