First Irish Dance class of 2017

I had dance class the day after the 2016 election and Addi, our dance teacher sub and public school teacher, was like, “I have spent the whole day watching grown adults cry.  I am going to enjoy the heck out of dance class today because it will be the highlight of my week.”  So.  Yes.  Sounds like a good way to start the year.

We did receive my favorite presents ever for Christmas from our amazing friends in Alaska: duel-ready lightsabers!   Art & I totally wandered around the house whacking each other for at least a half hour.  Now all we need is a lightsaber dueling dojo and we will be set.

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Half a slip jig step from Janelle:

(Right foot) Point in-out-in kick butt back

Jump-switch jump-switch (right foot in back)

Step right foot front to point

Skip-1 Skip-1-2 Leap 2-3 Step front point

(Grapevine) Whip right 1-2-3-4-5 (Legs are uncrossed)

Gallop-right walk-turn

Step-right left-lift step-right kick-butt-left whip-left to turn (the last bit may be wrong footed)

New Treble Reel Step from Jessica:

Bang rally-right back-toe-right

Rally-left back-toe-left step-back-left whip right

(repeat)

Rally-back rally-back rally-back

(pause)

Charleston-whip right foot from back to front

Swivel feet 1-2-3-4 < > < >

(Then repeat on left)

Maggie’s Christmas step:

Step-right step-left

Swivel feet 1-2 <>

Rally back

(repeat on left)

R dance slip jig swingy:

Skip 1 skip 1 skip 1-2 leap-2-3 step en pointe kickbutt pause

Skip 1-2 switch skip leap 2-3 whip-up

Addie’s class

Hornpipe:

Rally front rally front rally front rally front

Slide right slide left

Left rally, back switch, front click

Skip right, left leap 2 3

Rally right, back toe (right), back toe left, rally right back toe (right)

Right Heel heel heel, back back, heel heel heel, hop onto right foot

Rally back rally back rally back, extend front left (like developpe)

 

Ninja point reel:

Right hop step up, left lift step up,

Skip right, deer left leap 2 3,

Pull back left 2 3

Point right turn point (left)

Point out point in, turn, point hop back

Sarah’s reel

Point hop back, step switch 2-3

Leap 2-3, leap 2-3

Kick butt left crossover 2-3

Hop kick butt right (turn left) back 2-3

Step front flip/fouette walk turn 2-3

Point hop back

Rally notes:

Like a bug tongue that flips out and then curls back in.  Less hop more down.  Bicycle.  Clear foot over sock top.

Reel step

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Rose from my teacher

Cut-2-3 Down-2-3 crossover-2-3  switch-2-3

Leap-2-3, money-step-turn

Whip step-up, twist twist twist

(Old end: Skip and skip and seven to face front)

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“Down” is like a quick seven.

“money step”: deliberate crossover-step, hop, hop-pick up other foot

Reel, treble jig, slip jig steps from Janelle

Needles sharp posture & movements with attitude

Superskip right lift
Skip 2 3 leap 2 3 (hangtime)
Jump Diddlydum jump buttkick right step 2 3 (quick up, straight out to right, stare down attitude, right foot in front)
Turn, point right skip 2 3 left skip 2 3 (needle skips!)

Step 2:

Point whip out whip in
Hop twist twist twist (or hop heel step up)
Gallop walking turn gallop
Lift 2 3 skip 2 3 point and point

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Treble jig: (hop at the end of a rally)

Hop rally toe toe, hop rally toe toe (pop pop)
Rally toe, rally toe, rally step step
Hop forward switch (keep moving forward) squish the bug hop back
Hop forward switch forward squish the bug hop back
Rally rally rally step step

Pull back rally rally, rally step step
Rally rally, heel heel, click toes
Box step (heel heel toe toe, heel clicks)
Box step turn 180°

Rally Hop, rally hop, rally step step

Slip jig:
Cut twist twist twist twist forward
Hop twist twist twist twist back
Hop back rock hop rock rock rock
Left cut skip switch skip 2 3
Hop up land Cross step out step in step cross keys
Gallop turn step up (left foot in front)

Irish Dance class notes

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Scottish blue bells in the garden

Woohoo!  I actually started Hard shoes today.  Just tips and 2  basic reel steps, but that’s plenty to start with since balance is an issue.  Sarah gave me a pair of her hard shoes until I can get my own.  ..Hopefully in September in New York since there’s an Irish shoe cobbler there. =)

New soft shoe reel step:

Whip-2-3-turn-2-3 (lead foot in back)

Skip-2-3-leap-2-3

Point-turn-point

Switch-2-3-step-leap-turn-2-3

Point-hop back

Hm, for an Irish dance post, these are Scottish icons

Alistair being cute, the stinker

Alistair being cute, the stinker