Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Irish step dancing...wanna learn?

I am Irish (midst a variety of other ethnic blood). My grandmother's maiden name was Sullivan, and my own maiden name was Shelley, though I must admit "Shelley" might also be a British Surname. I grew up in the home town of Notre Dame in Northern Indiana [home of the "Fightin' Irish"], so that definitely makes me Irish, right? lol!

I've often admired Irish step dancers, and decided this year (for St. Patrick's Day) I'd like to learn how to dance Irish. Come learn with me!! :) : ) :) Below, are links for beginning Irish step dancing... I've also added a link for the "Irish jig", which is more like tap dancing in comparison.

Perhaps we'll get the hang of it before St. Patty's Day! :) :) :)

Irish Step Dancing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDmgJ-hYLSY&NR=1
(Introduction...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gSct0gDH9E&feature=channel
(this is just examples of stretching...you would want to stretch more than this...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8iwCoK39_8&feature=channel
(stances...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWrSaUKdVOs&NR=1
(three dance move)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBo6XZ96qDw&NR=1
(Dance seven with lead right foot)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OygwpXmuePE&feature=channel
(Dance seven with lead left foot)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOGonWGq7rs&feature=related
(Point hop toe...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_k1piXa0wc&feature=channel
( goes with above...you'll see! It's really hard knowing what order to put these in....I'm doing my best, you know!! lol :) )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TmghbJNbvA&feature=related
(The lead ...@ beginning & end of step dance)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDmgJ-hYLSY&NR=1
(Putting it all together....)

An Irish Jig:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpinr1n7vZM
(Hmm...got that? I'm not sure....) :)

Here's another jig to watch (a little more interesting):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MbdXMl98Ys&NR=1

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd love to dance like that!! :) Good luck dancing with the Irish! Umm...I mean, learning to dance with the Irish!! :) :) :) :) :)

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