And the Feising Goes On!

Dance Teachers Hit the Road

Many dancers across the world felt the loss as feiseanna were cancelled following the distancing guidelines imposed by Covid-19 restrictions. Despite these new obstacles, dance teachers have risen to the challenge, coming up with new and exciting ways to keep the light of dance alive.

Mary Page Dalrymple, TCRG and husband, Kevin on their way to their see their first competitor.

 

When the Erickson Academy was forced to cancel the Queen City Feis, an annual tradition in Cincinnati, Ohio, McGing Irish Dance teachers dreamed up the McGing Irish Dancers Porch Feis. "For many of our dancers they only attend 2-3 feiseanna a year and this was one of them, so we wanted to do something special since we couldn't Feis." Madeline Duckworth, TCRG shared. When Mary McGing Duckworth and Madeline Duckworth came up with the idea to bring the feis to the dancers, the entire teaching staff was onboard and so excited to help! So on May 9 they hit the road; 7 teachers and 42 judges drove more than 300 miles all over Cincinnati. All told they visited 42 houses with 60 dancers participating.The teachers acted as judges (and musicians!) and many had their husbands and/or children with them too. The teachers made their own signs for every dancers that they were visiting. Each dancer also received a medal and everyone won 1st place. Duckworth told IDM, "It really was a special day and lifted the kids spirits." 

 

Two weeks later, inspired by the McGing Front Porch Feis, the Cleary School hosted their Feis in Place. As Los Angeles County remained on lockdown, Cleary teachers spent three days traveling back and forth across Los Angeles to see nearly every student perform in their driveway or patio.

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NEW CONTENT!

Irish Dancing Magazine has launched an extensive amount of online content over the past several weeks including a vast Covid-19 Resource area for teachers, parents, camps, and feis organizers on IDM's website - www.irishdancing.com AND new dance content on IDM's YouTube channel

The Covid-19 resource area includes recommended actions by the CDC, the Irish Government and Safe Sport along with other information specifically for dance teachers. Click here to check out the Covid-19 resources.

In an effort to keep dancers inspired, Irish Dancing Magazine enlisted the assistance of two dance stars - David Geaney and Tyler Schwartz with a new YouTube show - Tuesday Tricks.

The idea behind the show is to unravel the mystery behind some of the trickiest heavy shoe dance moves. 

Episode 4 launched May 19, 2020 and with Tyler Schwartz demonstrating how to incorporate clicks into trebles to create a "wow" rhythm sequence.

Check out the latest episode here!

Inside Irish Dancing, Episode 1 debuted in Mid-May on YouTube. INSIDE IRISH DANCING gets up close and personal with some of the most talented dancers on the planet. 

Episode 1 focuses on three of the Irish Dance world’s talented artists including Emma Warren, a dance & musical theatre star who is currently cast in  Les Misérables in London’s West End.

Next up is Alan Kenefick, a World Champion and renowned choreographer who created the dance sensation ProdiJIG. 

Irish Dancing Magazine’s current cover star, Dakota Courtney chimes in with what life is like on lockdown along with some of her favorite dance moments.

Irish Dancing Magazine's YouTube channel has also been expanded with other helpful videos, from how to lace a soft shoe to makeup tutorials for dancers and a collaboration video with Lord of the Dance with the Dance for Hope Challenge which engaged the fans of Irish Dancing Magazine to support the frontline workers!

To see all these helpful videos, Check out IDM's YouTube channel here!

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TikTok Super Star

 

At a time when TikTok users are scrambling to craft their own versions of the latest dance crazes, a 20-year-old Irish Dancer is blazing a trail of her own.

Morgan Bullock, a junior elementary education major at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently shot to fame for her take on Megan Thee Stallion’s Savage Remix, featuring Beyoncé. The song has spread all over the video sharing platform, sparking a popular dance trend.

But Morgan’s version doesn’t follow the trends.

Instead, she choreographed an original hard shoe routine with lightning-fast steps. In a cropped black t-shirt and athletic shorts, sparkling rhinestones atop her shoes, Morgan captured the dance in a short video. On May 2, she posted to her TikTok account, @yourangleyuordevil and Twitter, @Morrghan.

 

Morgan literally became an overnight sensation, immediately going viral.

“I started to notice it getting a lot more attention than my usual videos within hours of posting it, but the morning after was when I realized it was going viral,” she says. The following day, she also put the video on Instagram, @morgvn.elizabeth.

Across all three platforms, the video grabbed the attention of celebrities and Irish Dance heavyweights, with an invite from “Riverdance” Associate Director Padraic Moyles to perform with the troupe and praise from the show’s composer Bill Whelan.  

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