Adult Irish dancers Heather Peterson and
Christy Dorrity Utah Legacy Open Feis 2013
(Photo: Dustin Peterson)

My motivation to practice daily varies depending on whether or not I have a feis or performance coming up and what else is going on in my life. When I consistently practice my dancing on a daily basis I see a big difference.

How I'm doing on my Irish dance diet:

Month: 6

Weight: 144

Weight lost: 11 pounds

Muscle gained: 9

Total fat loss: 20

This weekend I attended the Utah Legacy Open Feis (watch for a full article on the feis), the first competition I've been too since I started my Irish dance diet. I felt so much lighter on my feet and my confidence has increased. As an added bonus, I advanced to the champion level of competition, something I've been wanting to do for a long time.

Here are a few of the many benefits you may find if you stick to a practice schedule:

1- Your technique will improve by leaps and bounds (pun intended).

2- You will have more energy to dance and less compulsion to overeat, thus creating a positive cycle.

3- You will learn your dances more quickly and retain them longer--much to your teacher's relief.

4- You will I feel confident in your ability to perform, and shine in front of the judges.

How about you?  Do you see a difference when you consistently practice?

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