irishdance:

glitterandjigs:

liathselkie:

Ciara Sexton - Drunken Gauger

I’ve probably reblogged this a million times but I will never stop reblogging it

Always reblog.

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speed111please:

Throwback shirt of the day!

speed111please:

Throwback shirt of the day!

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youghal-harbour:

The actual face of anyone getting on tumblr now and seeing all the rorypatm in Claire’s weed dress posts 😂😂

youghal-harbour:

The actual face of anyone getting on tumblr now and seeing all the rorypatm in Claire’s weed dress posts 😂😂

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jigs-andreels:

Ali Doughty

jigs-andreels:

Ali Doughty

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theglasgowreel:

Throwing it back to the NAIDC 2006

Megan Ryan, Maisie Bishop, Rebecca Reed, Lauren Perry-Carrera and Fiona Dargan in this one

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There are so many TCs who are amazing that never even got out of novice! Just because someone didn't make it to open or competition wasn't their cup of tea doesn't mean they don't have the knowledge and skill to train the best dancers in the world, just like any other sport. I think anyone willing to put the hard work into studying and preparing can pass the test and I know for a fact that competitive accomplishments do not determine teaching ability. I'm enraged and offended by your post.
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turntheblanket:

pink-and-yellow-dress:

danceoflove:

glitzjigsandsass:

winning-london:

I knew there was going to be one of these. I acknowledged that there were people like that out there (though I’d think they’re the exception rather than the norm), I just said that being in OC would be a big help and that you’d have a harder time if you weren’t. Part of the exam is demo-ing, so if someone really couldn’t get out of novice the fact of the matter is it’s going to be darn hard to demo a step to a world medal holder to a decent standard. There are marks rewarded and deducted on the demo! I’m sure a non-OC could very capable of teaching a non-OC, but a novice dancer teaching a world medal holder is just not realistic to me and if they can then they are exception! Not competing is a different story; I know lots of people who never competed but are great dancers, but they’re also not going for their TC. 

I didn’t say it was impossible, but it’s going to be a heck of a lot harder and from my experience of the exam the standard of your own dancing was most definitely judged stringently (their faces didn’t lie!)

totally agree… it’s a hard fact to swallow but those who passed the TC who weren’t in championships I’ve noticed don’t have very successful competitive dancers. not all obviously, but a majority.

But fun fact Mary mcging never even qualified for the oireachtas and she’s had 2 world champions so hey ya never know

Also fun fact, I’m not sure this is true, my grandma told me and my aunt danced at Richens so someone correct me if I’m wrong, but she told me Anne Richens only won a couple of medals 😳😳 and she is a legend. So yeah fun fact of the day

But you also have to account for the fact that competition opportunities were much more limited back then (esp in North America) and the standard of dancing wasn’t evolving as quickly and wasn’t as athletic as today. Another post says Mary McGing never qualified for Oireachtas, but…was there an Oireachtas being held locally when she was young? Was she dancing with non-certified teachers? Were there even qualifications for an Oireachtas at that time?

And Ann Richens grew up with my teacher so I’m pretty sure he can confirm she won more than a couple of medals, haha. Though it makes for a nice story.

Michael Kenny and Frances McGahan never made it past intermediate (UK prize winner/prelim equiv), apparently.

Some people who end up as teachers just weren’t that competitive for themselves. Doesn’t mean their actual skill level wasn’t up to par. Competition level achieved doesn’t always match up to actual ability level.



maggematt123:

thedonegalrambler:

How do I ktvh?

Holy smokes….

Please no. Pointe doesn’t belong in softshoe. This isn’t something to be copied. Pointe in softshoe will ruin Irish dancing - and countless girls’ legs and feet. Please no.

maggematt123:

thedonegalrambler:

How do I ktvh?

Holy smokes….

Please no. Pointe doesn’t belong in softshoe. This isn’t something to be copied. Pointe in softshoe will ruin Irish dancing - and countless girls’ legs and feet. Please no.

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therisingstep:

The greatest female dancer of our time!

therisingstep:

The greatest female dancer of our time!