What do you know about Irish dancing?
Standing “on a string” dancers with their hands pressed at the seams tap bizarre rhythms. Unusual, interesting, even fascinating. However, the world of Irish dance is much more than it seems at first glance. The source Of the very existence of eridans many will know through the world-famous show-group “Riverdance”, founded by two gurus of the dance — Jim Butler and Michael Flatley. The latter, by the way, twice became the record holder of the Guinness Book, as the fastest performer step in the world: in 1989, his record was 28 beats per second, and in 1998 — 35. Now he is one of the wealthiest dancers in the world. Well, let’s get down to business, namely — to the technique of Irish dance, to its subtleties and nuances. There are two types of shoes — soft shoes (soft) and hard shoes (hard), and therefore, respectively, two different techniques. Soft shoes is a kind of leather ballet shoes with lace-up. In it, the dancer moves completely silently with a large amplitude of the movement of the legs. Hard — it’s a kind of shoes with wooden heels on the heels and toe. By the way, ironcore generally recommended to engage in the “hard” slightly smaller than his own, because this kind of shoes, made by the careful hands of the masters of Shoe factories Antonio Pacelli Fays or does, has the ability to stretch. In this case, louder than, louder, and noisier dancer, so, naturally, it is better, because its main task in Hardaway the program is clearly to beat out the rhythm of a particular dance. Here you will encounter the first problem. In our country (by the way, not only in ours), unfortunately, it is very difficult to get both “software” and “hardy”. A new pair of shoes must either be ordered directly from the manufacturer in Ireland, or purchased personally in Europe, or buy used from other dancers in competitions. And they are, to put it mildly, not particularly cheap. But, with a strong desire, and this problem is quite solvable. Each lesson begins with a mandatory stretching for all muscle groups. A common stereotype that ironcore hands are not needed — a huge mistake. They perform the role of the body lock during the dance. The same applies to the muscles of the press. Looking ahead, I will say that stretching is the end of the three-hour training. Basic steps, forming various bundles, have English names, unlike any other types of dance, where the main steps are called in French. As for the choreographer, he is called “ticher” and nothing else. To dance like ticher — almost one of the main goals of iridonia. And to dance it — in General a pipe dream. The task of “ticher” is not only to teach dance, but also to ensure safety, to prevent possible injuries, to rally the team (which, incidentally, is very important, since only in this case it is possible to achieve the necessary synchronicity), as well as to create an atmosphere in which everyone will be as comfortable as possible. In this highly entertaining art form, there are both solo and group competitions. In them, the dancer can show and individual technique, and the ability to dance in a group, to adapt to the rhythm of a partner or, as a rule, several partners, to demonstrate the synchronicity of execution. Irish dance tournaments are held in Europe and the USA, as well as in Russia and CIS countries. Dancers are divided both by age and by the level of their skills. There are several world organizations, each of which holds its own competitions and puts forward its own requirements for performance, but the basic criteria are the same everywhere. It is worth noting that the Russian eridania are not at the end of the table. For example, on the pedestal of the world Cup this year from the organization of the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Russians in their categories often stood above the Irish or Germans — the hosts of the tournament. If the conquest of various medals and cups is not the main task of the one who still decided to devote his free time to Irish dance, instead they are offered no less pleasant bonuses. For example, after a few weeks of hard training noticeably stronger leg muscles and the press. Interestingly, arm is also not left out for they, though not participating in the dance are in constant tension, and also serve to support the case. For many, Irish dance can be a smart replacement for fitness — here and stretching before the main classes, and a couple of hours of almost continuous jumps, between which sometimes there is no time to take a breath of air. The result is a long wait itself will not make sure. But sometimes it’s nice, standing in a beastly cold at the bus stop, keep warm by striking the last chords learned steps. Classes iridanos may well become an outlet, a way to escape from daily routine. Who knows, perhaps for someone such a hobby will grow into something more than just a hobby.