Seven Simple Nutrition Guidelines For Irish Dancers!

There is nothing I despise more than super rigid eating rules, that turn eating into an overly complicated science project leaving people with questions of what’s good or bad, what diet they need to jump on next, what expensive new supplement they need to buy, etc. I am a true believer in intuitive eating: trusting your body’s wisdom to know …

Why You’re Running 5ks But Still Dying In Your Treble Jig!

If you were to sign up for a 100 meter dash how would you train? Would you go outside and run 10 miles?! How about a marathon? If you were to sign-up for a marathon today, would you run a few sprints up and down your block? What about a high jump competition? Would you do the same training for …

The Art of Proactive Practice

What you do when nobody is watching is what separates a champion from everybody else.   Why do you practice and what are you practicing? How are you push yourself forward in your dancing? I don’t mean what dances are you running through, but rather what elements are you working on in your dancing? What separates you from the dancers …

Tips To Conquer Competition Anxiety!

Disclaimer: If you use read this article and don’t actually put these steps into action, they will do NOTHING! Taking action is what will create change. Do you FREAK OUT or feel like you don’t dance your best on Feis day?!? I understand and I want to help! Here are some reasons dancers say they get extra nervous on the …

Developing The “It Factor” With Hills and (Plyometric) Drills!

Several of the more advanced dancers that come to Feis Fit have beautiful technique, but we are still working on the “It-Factor” in their dancing. The It-Factor is that “thing” that makes everyone stop in the practice room before a competition and go “oh my gosh, watch that girl, she’s so good!!!” The “It-factor” is sometimes referred to as “attack” …

Trouble With Trebles!

This morning I had the opportunity to work with a championship dancer who is strong, graceful, and has excellent core strength. We have been working together to tackle one of her biggest weaknesses: clear, conscience, and powerful trebles. This is a challenge for dancers from Beginner to Championship levels and every dancer knows their trebles should be loud and clear, …

Anatomy Of A Warm-Up

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been told to make sure you’re “stretched out” before dance class. My hand is certainly in the air! Growing up I always thought the best way to prepare for an intense practice or competition was to go through a series of deep stretches and believed the further I could push myself through the pain …

The Muscle That Separates The Good From The Great…The Iliopsoas!

Hey Dancers! Today I’m going to talk about one of my absolute favorite muscles: the iliopsoas!!! I know, it sounds weird to be filled with enthusiasm about an odd sounding muscle but hear me out.  Why do I love this muscle so much??! Well, a strong, flexible, and properly utilized iliopsoas separates excellent Irish Dancers from the mediocre. Google any …