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New to Irish dance
By theresemarie Comments: 358, member since Tue Feb 03, 2009
On Sat Feb 04, 2017 06:37 AM

I just switched from over 20 years of ballet, and about ten years of tap and clogging into Irish dance. I obviously have enough turnout, but could someone give me tips on how to cross my legs more?

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re: New to Irish dance
By rosalinde Comments: 1981, member since Fri Jun 19, 2009
On Sat Feb 04, 2017 09:31 AM
I Always tell my dancers to keep their thighs together as much as possible while they dance. That way they simply cannot uncross. Don't focus on your knees, just press your thighs together.

Equally, to get the arms to stay still without tensing up and doing that 'Hey look, I can Riverdance!' stance: press your upper arms against the side of your chest. The tension in your upper arms helps to keep the lower arms relaxed and still.

Both methods are not perfect, you will need to focus, but I have found that it helps a lot.

Enjoy your new Irish Dance adventure!