Adult Irish Dancingby Christy Dorrity
- Irish dance goes global, The Israeli Academy of Irish Dance (PHOTOS)
- A year of the Irish dance diet, reaching goals and beautiful rewards
- Irish dance diet - Harvesting the fruits of your labors
- Irish dance shoes giveaway by debut Celtic fantasy author
- Irish dance is expanding at The Carey Academy in Russia (PHOTOS)
Weight lost: 15 pounds
Muscle gained: 17
Total fat loss: 34 pounds
Body Fat percentage lost: 22%
This month marks one year since the beginning of the Irish dance diet, and I am happy to say that I am reaching my goals! In my first post about the Irish dance diet, I talked about why I wanted to do an Irish dance diet.
"It is wonderful to see Irish dancing and culture alive and thriving in Russia. I am very excited to be involved in the developing stages of this art form in this part of the world, and I see a great future for Irish dancing in Russia."
On August 21, 2013, two Irish dance organizations merged together to form a larger open platform organization. Earlier that month, the National Irish Dance Federation (NAIDF) split, with many of the individual schools being welcomed into various organizations. Many Irish dance schools that previously participated in NAIDF were welcomed into the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA). Sean Gavan, founder of WIDA is confident that the merger will benefit dancers of both organizations.
"This merger will give people who want to try something different from the existing large dancing bodies an organization with a wider geographic reach as something to be part of,"Gavan says.
Weight lost: 13 pounds
Muscle gained: 17
Total fat loss: 30 pounds
You may have heard that a man will become rich by following a rainbow to its end, where fabled leprechauns squirrel away their gold. Are the legends true? Can something be had for nothing?
"Listen to your teachers
Photo: Christy Dorrity
Weight lost: 12 pounds
Muscle gained: 14.17
Total fat loss: 26.73
Life is not perfect--it is full of holidays, vacations, desserts and days when you just can't exercise. But what happens when you sustain an injury and are unable to dance and workout?
This week a new series "The Willis Clan" premiered, on Great American Country, featuring the family of 12 kids, aged from two to 21 years, from Tennessee. All of whom are Irish dancers.
Many of the Willis kids are Oireachtas champions and Jeremiah (20) has placed sixth at All Irelands and seventh at Worlds. In 2013, the clan competed in the drama division at the World Championships, placing fourth.
New on the dance performance scene are a group who call themselves the Fusion Fighters. Wearing custom tap shoes and masks, these dancers combine Irish, tap, African gumboot, and hip hop, in an effort to push the limits of how each of these separate dance forms have traditionally been viewed.
Yi-han Hsiao TCRG, and Ronan Morgan TCRG founded the Taipei Irish Dance Academy in 2006. In November they hosted the first open feis competition in Asia, and recently sent their first World qualifier to the World Irish dance competition in Boston, USA.
April is a big month for many Irish dance organizations. The World Irish Dance Competition in Boston for An Coimisuin dancers, and the World and European Irish dance competition in Germany for WIDA are both held in April. Good luck to all of you ladies and gents working so hard. How do you make certain that you are ready to perform?
How I'm doing on my Irish dance diet:
"When you have passion toward something, you keep on doing what you like."
In life, unlike competition, no one can tell you what place you come! So if you love something, if you’re passionate about it, get out and do it and don’t give a second thought to what anyone else may think. In the long run, you will be the winner.
Total Weight lost: 3
This month I've been very motivated. I've been working hard at dance, and also cross training with weight resistance and cardio on the elliptical machine. I've been trying really hard to eat whole wheat and lots of great veggies and fruits. I've been enjoying it--more than I thought I would.
Liffey Rivers and the Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown by Brenna Briggs, is the first book in a series about Liffey, a spunky, quirky girl who dreams of qualifying for an Irish dance solo dress, and eats spaghetti and meatballs the night before every competition. Because of her overbearing personality, no one can anticipate what she will do next.
Heidi Will is the author and illustrator of The Ghillie Girls: Irish Dance Pals, published in 2008 by Cinealta Press. Will based her book on the experiences she and her friends had in Irish dance. Visit Heidi Will online at www.ghilliegirls.com.
The Ghille Girls introduces four very different girls who have one thing in common: a love for Irish dance. Heidi Will uses these girls to illustrate the terms, and language that is unique to Irish dance. Vocabulary blurbs define the words that are sometimes foreign to the beginning Irish dancer.