If you constantly compete with others you become bitter, but if you constantly compete with yourself you become better.
wtf this is brilliant. the choreography, the filming, the dancer
- Stronger core
- Stronger everything
- To get higher on my toes
- That sharp precision that makes everything look amazing
- Greater flexibility everywhere, and for my left hamstring to be as flexible as my right.
- My hip/glute/ITB issues to disappear
- One year, Injury free
This is a terrific slip-jig by Sean O’Brien, I love the part starting at 1:30.
Sean O’Brien is perfect. Especially his slip jigs!!
this is the one I always practice to whether i’m at class or training by myself and it’s always been my favourite.
So this is a little late but better late than never. One week ago, I danced at my 7th Oireachtas. I definitely changed my practice routine this year and I really noticed a change. My lifelong goal was to qualify for worlds but I wasn’t really expecting that much from this Oireachtas.
My hornpipe went pretty well but I felt that it could have been better. My reel however was amazing. My TC said that it was “stunning” and I have never heard her say that about my dancing, ever.
It took a while for them to get to announcing recalls and I was quite nervous that I wasn’t going to make it. But I did and it was time to dance my set. My set starts with a couple of loud bangs. One of the adjudicators was writing things down on her score sheet when I began. Her head snapped up so fast when I did the bangs, I thought she’d give herself whiplash. And that was only the beginning.
There was a piece in my set that I have always danced out of time and for the last couple of weeks before the O I had drilled that piece over and over and over again. When it came time to dance that piece on stage, it went perfectly. The moment I danced that piece, I started beaming like crazy. I got off stage so happy. Everything had gone perfectly.
When it was time for awards, I seriously was not thinking about qualifying for worlds. They started announcing names and after they had announced like 5 or 6 names that weren’t mine, I started to panic. Places kept ticking down and my name hadn’t been called. That is when I started to think that maybe I actually did it. Finally, they paused and announced that the rest of the girls were world qualifiers. Best. Moment. Ever.
tldr; Oireachtas went fab! Qualified for my first worlds (after 17 years of dancing, about time) and had a great time in Sacramento. Now it is time to bring it in London!
POC New England region 2013