30 7 / 2014

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30 7 / 2014

Anonymous said: HOW CAN I DANCE WITH CONFIDENCE PLEASE HELP!

iirishdance:

As cliche and contradictory as it sounds, BE CONFIDENT!

Sometimes the only person who is going to believe in you is you and you have to realize that YOU can do it.  YOU are capable of going all the way.  YOU have the potential. 

I personally have struggled with confidence for a long time.  It took me the last 2 years or so (off and on) to get my head on straight and my dancing is finally starting to take off. For me, my struggle was that I really didn’t know how good (or bad) I was as a dancer, I had some guesstimates but the not truly knowing was killing my confidence.  

Here are a few things that I did that really helped me.  Hope it helps you too.

1. Video tape your dancing.  I know that this can be terrifying.  Trust me, I did it and it was scary.  But here is how you do it.  Tape your routine maybe 3 different times.  Then go back and watch it.  When you watch it though, bring a notepad and before you critique yourself, make yourself pick out 5 things each time that where GOOD.   Then pick out 5 things -specific things- that need some work and practice a bit.  After a week or however long you want, tape again and mark your progress.

2. Tell yourself you are a good dancer.  Tell yourself you are confident. and Tell yourself that you are going to make it to whatever your goal(s) are.   If you say it out loud at least 2x per day (even if its in your closet :)) you will start to believe it.   The mind believes what we tell it to believe.

3.If you have a good relationship with your teacher, ask to meet with him/her outside of class for15min.  Tell them you are having some difficulty and that you need some encouragement.  Sometimes teachers see all the good things and forget to tell us. Specifically ask them to tell you strictly things that are improving, better or changed in your dancing.

4. Read the Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.   It really helped me sort out my confidence and I think it will help you too.

Sorry that this is so long but I really hope that this helps you.  I hate to see anyone struggle with confidence.

-Hannah

If you want to be confident, pretend you are for a day.  you will be amazed at how different you will feel.

30 7 / 2014

blueeyedrascal76:

thepiper76:

Feis hair for tomorrow inspired by blueeyedrascal76 pls ignore the awkward poof angle

ISA THIS IS PERF

blueeyedrascal76:

thepiper76:

Feis hair for tomorrow inspired by blueeyedrascal76 pls ignore the awkward poof angle

ISA THIS IS PERF

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30 7 / 2014

rorypatm:

tim-jamesa:

Little bit of my reel

dance my reel for me thanx

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30 7 / 2014

baby-headed-death-eater:

seanmortalo:

I like to do rocks

loooove this

baby-headed-death-eater:

seanmortalo:

I like to do rocks

loooove this

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30 7 / 2014

30 7 / 2014

adrians:

just noticed the webcam flashing above my monitor and realised I’ve been recording myself blogging in this position for an hour and twenty minutes

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30 7 / 2014

greeneyedrascal:

all i want is to be able to get high on my toes on my right foot again 😥😩

That muscle tho

greeneyedrascal:

all i want is to be able to get high on my toes on my right foot again 😥😩

That muscle tho

30 7 / 2014

iirishdance:

As a dancer, life without dance is practically unimaginable, we MUST dance!

I  have some students approaching high school and would like to compile a list of reasons to stay in dance (outside of professional dance career) to help them see that dance is worthwhile.

So I put it to you,  Why Dance?

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1. Dance friends can be the truest friends.
2. Stress relief when everything else about being a young adult seems to be too much
3. Being dedicated to a sport like Irish dance has taught me more lessons in discipline than high school or college ever did.
4. If you ever move to another state, you can join the local dance school and instantly fit in somewhere.
5. Because it feels great having a passion for something.


These are benefits that come to mind off the top of my head, but there are many more, I’m sure.

30 7 / 2014

30 7 / 2014

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30 7 / 2014

30 7 / 2014

glitzjigsandsass:

deathbyplanxtydavis:

Megan Daly’s feis secrets, 2009:
1) mummify your legs
2) tan your legs only to the tape line 3 minutes prior to leaving the house

why do you do this to meI consider any irish dance moment before 2010 invalid so sorry

glitzjigsandsass:

deathbyplanxtydavis:

Megan Daly’s feis secrets, 2009:

1) mummify your legs

2) tan your legs only to the tape line 3 minutes prior to leaving the house

why do you do this to me

I consider any irish dance moment before 2010 invalid so sorry

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30 7 / 2014

Part of our garage was cleaned out last week so naturally I claimed that area for myself and built a stage. This is my happy place 💜🍀👯

Part of our garage was cleaned out last week so naturally I claimed that area for myself and built a stage. This is my happy place 💜🍀👯

30 7 / 2014