Your Federal Quarterly Tax Payments are due April 15th Get Help Now >>

Irish dance research by xiaoyounan


									Which of the following is a softshoe dance?

       reel. The reel is usually a fast, light, and fun dance.

  Usually girls and boys dance in solo competition. Which of the following is usually a
dance with multiple people?
      ceili. The main ceili dances are 4-hand and 8-hand dances. These are done with 4 or 8
      dancers. Generally there are 4 couples consisting of a girl and a boy but now since not
      that many boys are Irish dancers girls are often paired together for competition.

  Each year there is a regional competition. What are these regional competitions called?
       Oireachtas. Dancers from all over the region come to dance in solo and ceili competition.

  How many judges decide who wins in a Preliminary Championship competition?
      3 & three. Depending on the number of entries in a competition the judges will place
      about 1/3 to 1/2 of the competitors.

  What level of competition would one advance to after Novice?
     Prizewinner. At a normal feis the highest level you can achieve is Open Championship.
     Just like in Preliminary Championship, 3 judges are required. 1st place winners of the
     competition usually get perpetual trophies.

  What is a local dance competition called?
     feis & feisanna. Girls and boys of all ages can dance in all levels from beginner to Open
     Championship. Awards are usually given to those who win.

  Most girls wear wigs during competition. Why do they do this?
      they don't have the naturally curly hair that is a tradition to wear. It has always been a
      tradition to wear curly hair while Irish dancing. Most girls buy wigs because it is much
      easier than curling your hair with rollers.

 How many 1st places must you win in Preliminary Championship in order to move into
Open Championship?
       2. 1st place is a very high achievement. Sometimes there are over 50 girls in Preliminary
       Championship competitions!

  Which of these dances is usually a beginner dance and is not used in the championship
       light jig. The light jig helps beginners learn timing, crossing, to be on their toes, etc. The
       dances used in championships are the reel, slip jig, treble jig, and hornpipe.
  What color are Irish dancing soft and hard shoes?
     black. I hope you learned something about Irish dancing. Please send me a message if
     you have any questions. :-)

        a jig? A tune that is played in 6/8 time structure. There are variations in the classification of a jig,
        either by dance, or by musical composition and note structure. The result of these nuances are a
        Light Jig, Single Jig, and Double (Heavy) Jig.
        a slipjig? This is a tune that is played in 9/8 time. It is a graceful, bouncy light shoe dance
        performed in competition exclusively by the girls.
        a hornpipe/reel? A hornpipe is a tune that is played in either 2/4 or 4/4 time structure. while a
        reel is a tune that is typically played in 2/4 time signature.

        Irish Dance Competition Levels

        Beginner (I)
        Advanced Beginner (II)
        Prize Winner
        Adult Beginner
        Preliminary Champ(Pre- Lim)
        Open Champion (open)

         Irish Dancing is a sport that began centuries ago in Ireland, and has since migrated to other
parts of the world. There are three types of Irish Dance: Step Dancing, Ceili Dancing and Set Dancing.
Both Ceili and Set Dancing are performed with other dancers and are both social dance forms. Step
Dancing is solo oriented and is more formalized.

Age to start Irish Dance....
There is no real age requirements for Irish dance. On average most students begin at seven years old.
However there are programs available for younger children as well as adults. A child must be able to stay
in class without a parent and must follow basic dance instruction in order to begin Irish Dance. If you
want your child to compete as a solo dancer and achieve high awards
consider starting them at a young age.

Levels of Irish Dance....
The levels of Irish dance will vary depending on the region where you live but
usually coincide with beginner, novice, prizewinner, and championship levels.

Everyone begins with the light jig, then moves to reel, then slip jig, and then progresses to hard shoe.
Your child will progress levels within each dance and not all dances at the same time. Progression is a
matter of skill, age and experience. For instance they could have slip jig in novice and all the rest of their
dances in beginner. Listed below is an example of how progression takes place.

       A beginner is someone who has just started Irish dance lessons.
       A beginner becomes an advanced beginner the following year.
       If a dancer places 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a dance he/she will progress to novice in that particular
       A novice dancer who places 1st, moves up to prizewinner in that particular dance.
       A prizewinner who has placed 1st in a reel or slip jig and a jig or hornpipe moves up to
        preliminary championships
       Any dancer who wins two 1st places in preliminary championships in one calendar year, must
        move on to open championship.

Timing, posture, rhythm, presentation, execution and complexity of steps are all considered by the
adjudicator when judging a dancer.


Registration will vary based on the studio.            Contact your dance studio in early Spring to find out
their registration policy. It is ideal to start your child in classes in the beginning of a session. Most studios
will register in late Spring or early Summer for September classes. Enrollment for new students, at some
studios, is on-going throughout the year. Sometimes a studio will offer a trial period for one month and
then after that you will be committing for the entire season or session. Normally these programs are very
popular and space is limited so don't delay registration or you may miss out!


Irish dance classes meet one time per week on a regular schedule.           A class will run for 1 hour.
When you register for dance you are signing up for the entire season. Classes will run all year long with
performances throughout. Good attendance is imperative. Absences and tardiness will result in your
child missing important instruction time.

Practice in dance is extremely under-rated. Dance students many times do not consider practice an
integral part of their learning. This is in fact a fallacy; practice is a necessity to show consistent progress.
In order for your child to correctly perform several different dance elements they must be able to do it
automatically without thinking about the moves. This will only come from repetition. Children should
practice what they remember. If your child does not remember a step or move it will be reviewed many
times in class until it becomes easy for them to memorize. They can also write down their steps in a
notebook after each class to help them remember what to practice.

Irish Dance can get expensive as your child progresses. Cost include: lesson fees, hard and soft shoes,
solo dresses, hair items, feis (competition) fees and practice gear.

An Irish Dance class will normally cost 50.00 to 60.00 dollars per month for one class per week. Your
total tuition will be based on the total number of classes your child takes per month. You will receive a
discounted rate for multiple classes. Payment is made on a monthly basis or some studios will group
costs into four tuition payments for the year. In addition, you will be charged a one time processing fee of
25.00 or 30.00 dollar. You will also need to purchase practice wear and the proper shoes for the class
that your child is taking.

Your child will participate in numerous performances throughout the year: charity functions, weddings,
parades and feisanna to name a few. Different schools have different requirements for dress for these
events. You will need to check with your teacher to find out their policy.


The majority of dance studios do not have a standard attire for practice. Most girls are required to wear
biker shorts or tights with a tee shirt. Boys usually wear soccer shorts and a tee shirt. It is necessary for
the dance instructor to have an unrestricted view of legs, knees and feet. Dance socks, called poodle
socks, should be worn. It is important to bring a water bottle to class. Dance bag to hold all of the
equipment is optional but practical.

As for shoes, Irish dancing shoes have become recognizable icons of the sport. Initially your child can
wear any type of soft dance shoe such as ballet shoes. Once they begin to perform or compete it is
necessary to purchase Irish Dance shoes. There are two types: soft shoes (ghillies) and hard shoes (jig
                                                                Boy's Reel Shoes Approximate Cost $70

                                                                Hard Shoes (Jig Shoes) Approximate cost
                                                                $70 - $125

                                                                Girl's Soft Shoes "Pumps or Ghillies"
                                                                Approximate cost $40

Beginners and Advanced Beginners wear soft shoes only. They are made from soft leather that conforms
to the foot and laces around the ankle. These should be tight on the foot for proper and safe execution of
the dances. Step dancers wear two different types of shoes: Soft shoes and Hard Shoes. Girls and boys
wear different types of soft shoes but the same type of hard shoe. Hard shoes have fiberglass toes and
heels that produce the distinctive and mesmerizing rhythms.

Entering competitions is encouraged in studios but is not mandatory. Beginning students are not required
to wear full costumes to enter competitions. Each dance school has its own special costume that
delineates the spirit of the school. Girls wear a "team or school dress" if they are competing in non-solo
competition or if they are a beginner. This will many times consist of a skirt or jumper and white blouse
with a peter pan collar. Short sleeve blouses are worn in the Spring and Summer and long sleeve are
worn in the Winter.

In competition (Feis), the attire is very strict. Once a female reaches a certain
level of competition it will be necessary to purchase a solo dress. Solo dresses
are one of a kind and will be made for your child. A solo dress can run between
$750 - $1500 depending on the detail of the dress.

Most male dancers do not wear an elaborate costume. Boys often wear black
pants with a white shirt and tie or sometimes the traditional kilt with knee socks.
Some will also add the embroidered belt.
                                            GENERAL INFORMATION

Dance Studio Evaluation...
There are several things to consider when evaluating a dance studio. First, you should determine the
size of the classes. The fewer students in a class the more personalized attention each student will
receive. Second, you need to know what all of the hidden costs are. Third, check to make sure there is
someone available at all times to answer your questions. The office staff who is also the full time
instructor may be spreading themselves much too thin. Lastly, discuss with them their involvement with
competition and what other activities are offered to the students throughout the year. For instance how
do they get their students out into the community to dance?

Children who are involved with dance tend to perform better in school due to the fact that they have
learned the importance of dedication, focus and practice. Irish dance is great exercise and will increase
poise. In addition, dance also gives your child a sense of self confidence that will help them in the future.

Music to purchase....

You should invest in a wide variety of CD's for your dancer to practice to. These CD's can be purchased
on-line, at competitions or in dance studios. Titles by Pat King, Olive Hurley, Tony Nother, Jim Butkem or
Merv Bell are good choices.

Irish Dance competitions follow rules created by the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin,
Ireland. All registered teachers and feisanna must abide by these set rules. In addition, the Irish Dancing
Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) set rules on a region basis that are required to be used
in the United States and Canada.

                                             DANCE TERMINOLOGY

                        Pronounced "Kay-lee". An irish dance party with group and pairs dancing.

         Feis           An Irish dance competition. Pronunced "Fesh

                        The soft dance shoes with laces used by girls and women.

              A traditional hard shoe dance.

Adjudicator   A judge at a feiseanna.

 Beginner     Level where most dancers begin.

 Light Jig    A traditional soft shoe dance.
Works Cited

To top