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Monday, January 12th, 2009
2:25 pm - Favourite "non-irish" music to Irish Dance to

I've got a few here, but if you have any others, let me know!

U2 - Elevation (Reel/Treble Reel)

Blur - Song 2 (Reel/Treble Reel)

Twista - Overnight Celebrity (not sure...parts are a reel, other parts are possibly a slip jig)

Beyonce - Single Ladies (Reel/Treble Reel) - and if you haven't seen this video, it's awesome! ID starts at about 1:25 but it's worth watching the whole thing. Who said Irish Dancers don't know how to move their hips?

I'm also looking for cool Irish/Electronic fusion, preferably without vocals, but I'll take vocals if the base is awesome. I know about Afro Celt Sound System but much of their music isn't really danceable.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
5:30 pm - Song?


Hey there =)

I'm quite new here... I'm a beginners Irish Dancer from Germany, 26 years old.
This is my first entry here, but I already need to ask for help:
This is a video of a performance of the Trinity Academy of Rish Dance. Those dancers are so amazing...

Can anyone tell me the name of the song and by whom it is?
Would be much apreciated :)

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008
12:11 am - Western Region Dancer Here

I dance with the An Daire Academy.  New to LJ though.  Not at all new to Irish dancing.  Love to chat it up with anyone :-)

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
10:14 pm

my heart and prayers go out to everyone in the goulding school and everyone who was affected by the death of maeve. i don't even have words to express how awful this is. my deepest sympathies.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
9:58 pm - Hi!

Hi everyone, I'm new here.

I've watched this community for a while, and just joined. =) I'm Julie, and I just started Irish dance a couple of months ago. It's soo much fun! I'm 19 years old however, so I thought I was too old to start dancing. Luckily I found this great community and I'm happy to see that some people had started around my age too. It's really encouraging!

I also have a question:

Do you guys know of any good exercises that might improve turn outs? I'm seriously bad at those and no matter how hard I try I can't seem to completely turn my legs out.

I look forward to meeting all of you! =)


current mood: cheerful

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Friday, March 23rd, 2007
6:58 pm - ICONS!

4 Male Dancer Icons and 1 extra
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If you use them, please comment and credit me irishdarkangel. If you want to use them on a website, go ahead!

Posted other places. :)

current mood: creative

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
9:17 am

Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's day! Good luck all of you on show teams! I would be dancing now but for the fact that it's snowing like crazy here and most, if not all of my shows are cancelled :-( But I have other ones tomorrow ^_^
Dance your heart out!

current mood: chipper

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Saturday, March 10th, 2007
8:17 pm

I am FINALLY going back to dance after a long break due to health problems. I need to score a pair of used hard shoes, however. The sooner, the better.

I currently have Rutherford super flexi's (suede sole), but the last time I wore them the tip ended up completely ripping away from the shoe leaving a large hole on the bottom of the shoe.

I leave for college in the fall and I'm not sure if I'll be able to dance down there, so I don't want to invest in a brand new pair, and I'm not excited about having to break in a pair, either.

I wear a size 7.5-8 US in regular shoes. I don't remember my UK size for hard shoes.
Does anyone know of some for sale?

Thanks a lot, and happy Paddy's Day.

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
8:37 pm - Tips and Icons

Hello everyone! I've been a member of aine_rince for a couple months but have not introduced myself. I'm Rachel, 15 years old and live in California. I dance for Butler-Fearon-O'Connor and I'm a beginner. I started dancing about a year ago and my first feis is coming up in two weeks (my school feis!) I was just wondering if anyone has any tips such as eating/snacking, getting ready, etc. If you have any tips and are willing to share, I thank you now! Oh and Dean Crouch's "Top Box" ... great CD!!!

I also bring gifts of welcome! Few icons, not the greatest (as I'm not the greatest) but I still shall share.

Here we go!Collapse )
If you do take any icons, I would like if you credited me, irishdarkangel. It would be nice. Thank you and I can't wait to hear any of your tips!

current mood: content

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
2:06 pm - Crazy Dancer here!

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I will be pushing the injuries out of my thighs!! I will be toughing it out!! That is the most I can hope for!!

current mood: excited

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Sunday, November 26th, 2006
10:16 pm - hi!

hi! im new to this community. i have been irish dancing for only eleven months as of now, and competing for five months. i am a prizewinner going on prelim. did anyone go to any of the oirechtas's in the north american region this weekend?

current mood: blah

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Monday, November 6th, 2006
9:10 am - Quadricep Trauma

I went to a competition this last weekend and I was doing very well in the beginning, but the second round was horrible. I started out doing great and then, in the middle of the dance, I stopped, because my quadriceps were shooting pain from my hips to my knees and it ocurred in the hard shoe only. I felt horrible but there was nothing I could do about it. I could not stay concentrated after the pain had occurred. I have had this problem before and worked with a personal trainer to fix it. He told me that my quadriceps were really weak and that I needed to work them in a different way than the way I dance with them. Well, since then, I have been doing Yoga, Pilates, and working out and dancing as well. I have stopped swimming so I will have to start that again. My dad has given me this spray that helps the blood flow so that the muscles will heal faster. I really hope I can get better by the Regions. I really want to do well when I perform there and not have this problem continue. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have done my research over the internet on all these things but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem before and if so, what did they do about it?


current mood: crushed

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Monday, September 25th, 2006
8:18 pm

I've just started taking Irish dance lessons a few weeks ago. But even though I am 17 years old, they have put me in a begginers class with kids half my age. Needless to say, I feel kinda out of place. They also go very *slow*. In a way this is good because I can learn all the technical stuff to perfection (hopefully) but sometimes I feel like it's "over-kill" for me. I have taken ballet and tap and been thrown into advanced and quick paced classes right from the start. I'm not used to slow. ;P Also, a friend of my that teaches at the dance school I go to has taught me a lot of the dances that we are now going through excruciatingly slow in the class. 

I know that in a way it is good to go slow and work out all the kinks (like I still need to work on my turn-out- I never could quite get it right all the time in ballet...) but has anyone else reading this ever been in this kind of situation before?

Thanks for listening to my annoying rant and questions. ;)

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Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
10:30 am - Hello!!


I'm new to this community. I am an Irish dancer and have been dancing for almost 5 years now. I enjoy it very much. Just about a month ago I got to experience something that I thought would never happen. I got to dance with Jean Butler!! (If none of you know who I am talking about she was the star in Riverdance.) My teacher picked me as one of the dancers to meet and dance with Jean for 2 days. I learned a lot of things from her. It was a 2 day workshop and it was very long and a tiring 2 days. I am looking forward to be in this community.

current mood: bouncy

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Friday, September 22nd, 2006
12:47 pm

I was wondering if anyone was going to the Ozark feis, because I am!! I have never been to it and wondered if anyone had before. It could be a new feis, but I don't really don't know. I wanted to also know what the feis was like. Is it a nice feis? Let me know!! Thanks!! And if no one knows, I will let you know if I like it or not.


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Thursday, September 21st, 2006
4:05 pm


i'm new to this group and i saw some of you have lovely irish dance avatars and i was wondering where you got them from??

thanks xx

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
10:03 pm - sigh...

does anyone else ever have a class that for some reason just goes badly and you feel like you can't dance at all and why are you bothering? i usually come home all proud of my accomplishments, but this week, i couldn't even get a treble out. i wonder why this happens. anyone else ever have this experience?

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Friday, August 4th, 2006
7:04 pm

My name is Erin. I live in West Haven, CT, a little town right next to New Haven.

I'm a quarter Irish, but I'm fully Irish in my heart and that's all that matters.

I was just wondering this: I've never done Irish Dancing before, nor have I ever danced any other style, but is it too late to start? I just want to do it for fun. Obviously I don't want to be a big star or anything. Its too late for that. But can I just start now for fun? Is it worth my effort?

I'm going to nursing school in 3 weeks and I can't wait!

I wanna dance!!!

Also, I broke my foot about 8 months ago. I joined the Coast Guard and during training I broke it, so I got discharged. Will that have any influence on an ability to dance, if I even can?

Can't wait to get involved in this community!


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Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
10:54 am - We got treble in River City...

There is no shortage of stereotyping of Irish Americans; that we love our traditions, we are stubborn and resistant to change. That said, here’s a little of what I overheard at last month's Fairfield County Irish Festival as the dancers, trying some new choreography, took the stage:

"I’m not sticking around for this, this isn’t Irish dancing."

"They were good, until they started that Riverdance crap with their arms."

"What is this, step dancing or 'Stomp’??"

current mood: okay

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