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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at your studio!

  • March 14, 2016
  • by Chelsea Thomas of Dance Informa

It’s that time! March Madness has arrived! Dance competitions and conventions are happening in high volume; recital rehearsals are picking up; spring festivals are on their way; summer intensive auditions are in full swing; and professional dance companies are presenting concerts across the country, with a plethora of performances to choose from in every major city. In other words, dancers are busy and studios are buzzing!

In the midst of all the craziness, St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17. It celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish – with prominent displays of the color green, Irish foods, religious observances and numerous parades.

This holiday is a great opportunity for dance studios to take a break and have a little fun. Here are a few ways dance studios can get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

#1. Have all your students wear green! Whether it’s fun hair accessories, a shamrock costume, an emerald tutu or just a green t-shirt, it’ll be a fun break from the norm. Dancers, why not use this as an opportunity to get a fun, spring-y green leotard? Capezio offers some varied options – like this Hunter Green Princess Camisole Leotard. Pair this with some green eye makeup and maybe a green headband, and you’re stylin.’

#2. Research Irish Dance forms! Be amazed by the precision and quick-footedness of Riverdance in particular, a theatrical show comprised of mostly traditional Irish music and dance. YouTube the company’s leaders, Irish dancing champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, for some real inspiration. If you’re really interested, check out a live show presented by Riverdance, as the company is currently touring the U.S. through July 3, visiting dozens of cities. Over the last 20 years, Riverdance has presented 11,000 performances and has danced in 46 countries across six continents!

#3. Learn and/or teach an Irish Dance yourself! After all, it never hurts to diversify your dancing skills, right? Students, get some friends together and learn how to céili (kay-lee) dance, a form of Irish social dancing that can be done with as few as two and as many as 16 people. Teachers, check out this tutorial by Darrah Carr Dance to start.

Have a wonderful time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo: © Littleny | Dreamstime.com. Participants march up 5th Ave. in Manhattan for 252nd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16, 2013.

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