Hey this is random but I just read your survey thing and saw that you have sesamoiditis! I do too and I've never known anyone else with it. How do you manage it? Do you have any tips for prevention?
I’ve actually started taking glucosamine sulfate which helps lubricate your joints and its helped a lot. But I’m not sure how old you are and if it would make a difference for you. It used to be killer though because I would teach for 3 hours before my own class and would wear my hard shoes pretty much that whole time, so practice sneakers did put off the pain when the main teacher let me wear them. I also tried extra cushion type things but they caused other problems in my foot. It hasn’t gone away, but I can manage through it.
hardest dance: slip jig easiest dance: reel longest continuous dance time: 7.5 hornpipe steps=4:15 min nonstop time taken off dance: a year while at university
worst injury: sesamoiditis preventative measures taken: dance sneakers/calf stretches/20 minutes to warmup favorite stretch: butterfly stretch/hip stretch pet peeves: when someone wines and moans about their placement but doesn’t put in the hard work to achieve what they claim they should get.
street shoes: size 7.5 toms soft shoes: size 2 rutherford cavans hard shoes: size 3w fays black sole
hours dancing in class/week: 3 - 4.5 hours dancing on own/week: 2 - 6 depending on up coming feis/majors your worst nightmare: falling off a raised stage or having it collapse under me while dancing what holds you back: my legs are big fat logs and I can’t jump. what pulls you up: my rhythm and turn out
current level: open champ mental level: not recalling at regionals (I hold my breath every year) goal level: recalling at worlds
motivation: the younger dancers I teach telling me great job at feis and the dancers who have so much ambition they make it to champs quickly and nearly surpass me! deterrence: when a dancer doesn’t deserve a placement but get it because of politics, (that goes both ways, when good dancers get a crummy placements and bad dancers out place what they actually deserve.)
Seeing everyone irish dance is so important but something I've noticed lately is its no longer about the joy, passion and love found from dancing but its the medals, trophies, hair, make up and the dress. I've danced 13 years and competed in a few competitions, done shows and displays but for me its the joy i get from flying through the air, the click i've been missing in a hard shoe dance that i finally get but lately i've wondered is it time to stop? opinion please..
If you love it, I don’t see a reason to stop. Even though the superficial stuff seems like it’s been taking over, the dancing will never go away. The people that stay in it, don’t do it for the glitz and the glory, they do it because they get that same joy from dancing, and they want that feeling to last as long as it can.
hey can i get your opinion! i've danced with my school for 15 years and now it's time for college. i really want to study in ireland and i would keep dancing if i went over there but i can't imagine leaving my school for another one. help?
I understand, I love my school and can never imagine calling any other place home. But going to Ireland could be a really great opportunity and build you as a dancer. Just like when people take a workshop to get a different point of style or learn a new step, leaving your current school could open up a lot of opportunities. and if you talk to your teacher about it I’m sure they would agree that they want you to keep dancing while in college, even though it may not be with them. and when you graduate and move back near your old school, you will go back with a better understanding of yourself and maybe even gain another dance family overseas. If I was you, I would go for it. Your teacher and friends in class will understand that you aren’t leaving them for another school, you are leaving to gain new experiences to bring back and share with them!
Your blog is my favorite of all of the Irish dance blogs I've come across. I love that it's more than just pictures and truly embraces the spirit of dance. Being an Irish dancer is so much more than trying to get on that podium at Worlds and your blog focuses on everything that comes with it besides just the competition. So inspirational, please never stop <3
Thanks!!!! I put a lot of thought into every post which is very time consuming. but I’ll be posting again soon I hope!