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.


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


Rally-back rally-back rally-back


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


Treble reel steps


Bang bang-a bang-bang, Rally rally-back

Bang left bang right (step forward) left-toe rally rally-back

Bang right bang left (step forward) right-toe rally rally-back

Bang rally- back, bang rally-back

Bang right bang left (step forward) rally rally-back


Jaunty marionberries!


Jump jump rally rally rally (last one keep right in fron)

Rally-right, left-crossover-bang, hop right

Rally-right, left-crossover-bang, hop right

Heels to left (right in front)

Rally rally rally

Group treble reel

Bang rally-back, bang rally-back
Bang rally rally rally
Repeat left foot

Pull Back 2-3, pullback 2-3
Bang rally rally rally
(repeat left foot)

Rallyr rally rally pause
Rally rally rally pause
Slide right, slide left
Rally rally rally

Rally rally rally
Rally rally rally
Bang-up bang-up
Rally rally rally
Rally rally rally
Front kick step step, rally rally rally


Art is eerily photogenic

Treble Reel & drills

Hop-cut-back (right) rally front (right) back rally (left) back rally (left) rally front (right) back rally(left) back rally (left)

Rally front step step, down-kick-land, down-kick-land, step, jump cut turn (like figure skating jump)


Why are your pupils so dilated, Mr. Kitty?


“not skips”:  Down-kick-land Down-kick-land (right foot jumps down, kick forward with left foot, land on left foot).  Force the downward jump.  Not floaty skips (too slow)

Back rally:  goal is to get rallying foot under the standing heel.  Similar motions to back toe.  Go on demi point as back for rallies behind.  Have to bend slightly forward.

For back toe: tuck back knee behind front knee.  Goal is overlapping completely


I was desperate for Chinese food after coming back from Arizona