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“There Really is Something to Learn, in Fact Real Hard Work in the Steps”: A Description of Irish Step-Dancing in 1885

“There Really is Something to Learn, in Fact Real Hard Work in the Steps”: A Description of Irish Step-Dancing in 1885

“Irish Step-Dancing.” Chamber’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Arts William Chambers, Robert Chambers 1885 London & Edinburgh Saturday, November 7, 1885 No. 97—Vol. II. Listed in the Table of Contents under ‘Miscellaneous Articles of Instruction and Entertainment’ Reprinted in Littell’s Living Age, Volume 52; Volume 167, by Eliakim Littell, [...]

June 5, 2014 0 comments Read More
An Update to the History of Open Platform

An Update to the History of Open Platform

Upon further study this past year, as well as organizational shifts, my history of open platform article is currently out of date and in some aspects, flat wrong. I will work on updating it to the best of my abilities this summer.

June 5, 2014 0 comments Read More
Bribery for Their Benefit: Incentives and Rewards in the Irish Dancing Classroom

Bribery for Their Benefit: Incentives and Rewards in the Irish Dancing Classroom

By Sara Helene, Guest Writer Photo by Boudewijn Berends (Flickr Creative Commons) When I was sitting in “teacher school” a professor asked the question, “Are incentives bribes?” Without missing a beat, I responded, “Yes!” Quite emphatically, I might add. With only one dissenter in the class who was quickly shushed [...]

May 27, 2013 1 comment Read More
Digital Grade Exams Have Come to Open Platform

Digital Grade Exams Have Come to Open Platform

The Triallta Irish Dance Company and the North American Irish Dance Federation are proud to announce Digital Grade Exams, open to all OP Irish dancers regardless of affiliation. There are seven solo levels, a traditional sets exam, and three céilí exams based on how many friends you can gather around. [...]

April 24, 2013 1 comment Read More
Avoidance & Engagement: Irish Dancing from the Perspective of a Special Education Teacher

Avoidance & Engagement: Irish Dancing from the Perspective of a Special Education Teacher

By Sarah Helene, Guest Writer I want to start by demystifying something about teaching right up front. There is no special class that we go through in “teacher college” to teach us tricks about how to handle problems in the classroom. In fact, what they tell us is that if [...]

April 19, 2013 1 comment Read More
Found Friday: Positive Coaching

Found Friday: Positive Coaching

Kindness Sometimes I forget that there’s more to Irish Dancing than championships and mastering steps and getting solos. Community and building each other up and bringing in a new generation are also so important. —“Kindness,” Athlete of God on Tumblr Positive Coaching Alliance “Your athletic career is most impacted, I [...]

April 19, 2013 1 comment Read More
Irish Dance Fundraisers for Boston & the Richard Family

Irish Dance Fundraisers for Boston & the Richard Family

Updated April 24: Friends of the Richard Family have organized a fund for them. Shamrock Soaps is donating $1 for every Irish dance body care product purchased at the Etsy page to the Richard Family fund. Wrapping Jane in Our Love has received HUNDREDS of t-shirts so far! Updated April 18, [...]

April 17, 2013 41 comments Read More