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soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 04, 2009 01:57 PM

what are the four soft shoe dances you have to master before you get into hardshoe?

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re: soft shoe dances
By PWover50
On Mon May 04, 2009 02:04 PM
Reel, Light Jig, Slip Jig, Single Jig.

Not all teachers require you to learn them prior to starting hardshoe, but I would sure learn them all. Each has a unique timing that dancers need to learn along with the steps. And usually all four dances are offered as competition dances at feiseanna.
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 04, 2009 02:46 PM
oh ok it was the single jig I was missing thanks
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 04, 2009 02:47 PM
what do you usually learn first?
re: soft shoe dances
By Hop_123member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 04, 2009 02:49 PM
We learned light jig, then reel, then slip jig. We never learned single jig.
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 04, 2009 03:02 PM
yeah I have learned the light jig and the first step of the reel and I know about the slip jig but I don't believe I have seen anyone at my school doing the single jig must be different from school to school
re: soft shoe dances
By rainbow_rawr
On Mon May 04, 2009 04:00 PM
Hop_123 wrote:

We learned light jig, then reel, then slip jig. We never learned single jig.

I learned reel fitst, then light jig, than slip jig. I never learned the sngle jig.
re: soft shoe dances
By Cinnawiz
On Mon May 04, 2009 04:55 PM
Our school does not teach a single jig. I'm sure John/Liz have one if someone should ask, but they do not teach it on a regluar basis.

You should learn the light jig, reel, then the slip jig. Once you have those learned, and probably in your second year, you'll move on to hardshoe. You'll probably start with a treble jig and then the hornpipe.
re: soft shoe dances
By Allymember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon May 04, 2009 05:45 PM
I am 20 and started a little over a year ago. It took forever to get my hardshoes in, but after I learned the reel basically. I had to catch up with the rest of the class which had been taking over a year and a half.
So, yeah
1. Reel
2. Light Jig
3. Slip Jig
4. Single Jig (aka pop goes the weasel lol)

I have learned hardshoe dances in this order
1. Treble Reel
2. Hornpipe
3. St. Pat's
re: soft shoe dances
By Sweet_Annabelle
On Mon May 04, 2009 06:24 PM
at our school, beginners usually start by learning the reel (3s and 7s), then light jig, slip jig, and single jig. Though, after learning the first three they can usually start hard shoe, I think.
re: soft shoe dances
By TheStoryTellermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon May 04, 2009 07:03 PM
We learned
Reel
Light Jig
Slip Jig
Treble Jig
Hornpipe
St. Patrick's Day
Single Jig.
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 12:16 PM
which studio do you go to cinnawiz?
re: soft shoe dances
By rainbow_rawr
On Tue May 05, 2009 02:16 PM
Oops lol forgot hardshoe!

1.)Treble Jig (fast)
2.)Treble jig (slow)
3.)St.Pat's
4.)hornpipe (fast)
5.)Job of JOurneywork
6.)hornpipe (slow)
re: soft shoe dances
By oooshinymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 02:16 PM
Edited by oooshiny (189290) on 2009-05-05 14:16:35
We never learned a single jig either.
We first learned 7's & 3's & then the beginner reel. Then the light jig, then the slip jig.
re: soft shoe dances
By puddelilly
On Tue May 05, 2009 04:27 PM
Sad that so many don't learn the single jig. I like it so much better than the double/light jig.
re: soft shoe dances
By celticfeetmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 04:41 PM
I didn't learn the single jig either, but like many my softshoe order went:
1) reel
2) light jig
3) slip jig

And for hardshoe:
1) treble jig
2) hornpipe
3) st. pat's day
(I may have learned St. Pat's before hornpipe, but I'm not 100% sure on that one!)
re: soft shoe dances
By HBwahinemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue May 05, 2009 05:53 PM
I think the single jig isn't too popular in the Eastern US. Like most, I learned reel, light jig, slip jig, single jig, treble jig, St. Pats, and then hornpipe. Our school teaches 3 steps to the single jig and we can do any 2 of the 3 at a feis.
re: soft shoe dances
By AlinWonderlandmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue May 05, 2009 06:55 PM
Reel
Light Jig
Single Jig
Slip Jig
St Pats
Treble Jig
Job of Journey
Hornpipe. hehe :)

The reel was easiest for us to learn first because the first step was just over23s in a circle.
re: soft shoe dances
By sarahbalera
On Wed May 06, 2009 08:16 AM
My current school learns:
reel, slip jig, single jig, light jig, treble jig, advanced reel,
hornpipe, st.patricks day, advanced slip jig, advanced single jig,
then rest of set dances and rest of advanced dances as needed.

When I learned, I learned
reel, jig, slip jig, single jig, hornpipe, treble jig, st. pats day, advanced reel, and then traditionals and others as necessary.

Its interesting to see in which order everyone learned their steps!
re: soft shoe dances
By DarcysReelmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat May 09, 2009 03:31 PM
It depends on the school, really. Most seem to start out with light jig, then reel, then slip jig. I never learned any single jigs.

As for hardshoe, I learned a hornpipe/St. Pats around the same time, then fast treble jig.

Just wondering, but have you started at a competitive school yet?
re: soft shoe dances
By reelgatorstreble
On Sat May 09, 2009 08:29 PM
I think I started with reel, then light, then slip, then single. I pretty much started hard shoe at the same time though, which could have been the fact that I was at a really small studio.
re: soft shoe dances
By Cinnawiz
On Sun May 10, 2009 11:48 AM
ceiliqueen23 wrote:

which studio do you go to cinnawiz?


I'm usually at Friendly Sons, but I've been known to pop into Grosse Pointe from time to time.

How about you?
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 11, 2009 08:37 AM
we just started a class for adults on friday's at 6:30 pm at the gaelic league
re: soft shoe dances
By ceiliqueen23member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon May 11, 2009 08:39 AM
DarcysReel wrote:

It depends on the school, really. Most seem to start out with light jig, then reel, then slip jig. I never learned any single jigs.

As for hardshoe, I learned a hornpipe/St. Pats around the same time, then fast treble jig.

Just wondering, but have you started at a competitive school yet?


yes I am at the Ardan academy of Irish dance in fact I will be doing the light jig at the detroit international feis
re: soft shoe dances
By LovinIrishDancinmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Mon May 11, 2009 08:51 AM
Yeah in my school its similar..

Light dances:
Reel
Light Jig
Slip Jig
Single Jig


Hardshoe:
Treble Jig
Horninpie
St.Pats

That would be the order of the basics.

Aoife
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