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I love dance. I don't know why, I just do. I can't really do it myself without a DVD, and even then it's just dancing. But that's not that kind of dance I'm talking about, I mean dance dance.
I don't know why it happens, but when I first saw the Lord of the Dance on TV when I was little, I cried in amazement. I'm 23 now, and it still overwhelms me and brings a tear to my eye to see and hear the dancing. It's not just Irish dance, mind you, it's also tap, ribbon dancing, anything impressive. Ballet doesn't move me, though, I don't really see the appeal, but that doesn't mean that I don't respect the dancers and their discipline.
I often watch clips of the Lord of the Dance on Youtube, and I often think "I wish I could do that."
There was a kid in my high school who could do it, he performed in a talent show I was in (I was singing, like almost everyone else), and he was AWESOME. He was a little shit we discovered afterwards, though, which my friend and I were surprised by, but what can you do? We foolishly assumed that by doing something that a lot of people consider to be 'lame' would make him a nice and shy individual. We were wrong.
Anyway, I'm trying it.
Yes, my legs will have dropped off by the end, and they'll be badly bruised I'm sure from where I'm bound to end up kicking myself, but I've bought Jean Butler's Irish Dance Masterclass, and that shall be this month's workout.
She's a master of Irish Dance, the original star of Riverdance, a seriously talented lady, and in this DVD you're shown the basics as well as harder routines. I've not actually played it yet so I don't know much about it, but I am very keen to give it a try. I don't like to put it in the machine until I'm pumped up and ready to go, so in an hour or so, hopefully some of my questions will be answered.
I even bought some dancing trainers to allow for more flexibility of the foot since it's clear just from watching Youtube videos that normal, rigid trainers won't be much good, but I'm under no illusions about how hard foot-flexing will be, or the dancing itself. But I am excited. I just hope the music is good!
I will also admit that I plan (plan, mind you) to start the shred again after 2 weeks have passed - I don't see the point in leaving something out if you know it gives damn good results - but my priority is the dancing. If I wake up tired one morning and know I'll only be able to manage one of the two workouts, it'll be the dancing.
So, that's May. I'll post about it after two weeks to let you know how fun, hard, and hopefully effective it is. I'll be sticking with my kettlebell workout in the evenings, though, so this won't be all I'll be doing, as always.