Adult Irish Dancingby Christy Dorrity
- Exclusive interview with dance performance group Fusion Fighters who combine Irish, tap, African gumboot, and hip hop - VIDEO
- Irish dance diet - five non-scale ways to find victory - PHOTO
- Taipei Irish dance academy hosts the first open feis in Asia - PHOTOS
- Irish dance diet - The three levels of performance
- How to find a four leaf clover for St. Patrick's Day - ten facts about the lucky charm - VIDEO
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.
Sean Connolly released The Little Book of Inspiration for Irish Dancers in February of 2012. Though he is not a dancer himself, Connolly touches the lives of many Irish dancers around the globe through inspiration and coaching.
In the same vein as the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Connolly's new inspirational little book will encourage and lift any Irish dancer's heart. With advice on practicing, goals, persistence and positive mental attitude, The Little Book of Inspiration for Irish Dancers is a must have for Irish dancers of all ages.
"The choice to dance is yours, and the pure joy of Irish dance will remain with you always."
~ Julia Bannister
A big welcome to Julia Bannister, age 48, from The Stanford School of Irish Dance in New Brunswick, Canada.
by Christy Dorrity, Feis America LLC
In 2009 a group of Irish dancers began Rince Diabhal, an Irish dance and culture club at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. "There's no reason Irish dancing has to end in college even though many people have to leave their respective dance schools," says Hannah Gold, one of the founders and Rince Diabhal's president, "Rince Diabhal's founders did not want to give up Irish dance, so they brought it withthem."
Megan Tisdale serves as the collegiate club's coach. Tisdale, who often performs with the group, began her own dancing career in 1981 with the late Ann Richens, ADCRG (certified Irish dance teacher and adjudicator) and competed for the Richens-Timm Academy of Irish Dance.