Tuesday 20 May 2014

Irish Dance: 2 Weeks Later

   I'm absolutely loving the Irish dancing. I knew it would be hard, it's not the kind of thing you can just pick up, but I am truly getting somewhere. The control you have to have in your legs is intense but you can pick it up, but you do need good balance, too.
   The DVD is pretty good, but rather than giving you a routine to learn, it just teaches you moves, and so the DVD is made up of many sections, all of which last between 1-4 minutes. On day 1 I literally spent half an hour repeating a single 2 minute section, which might seem dull but you'd be surprised how fast that passes, and that's kind of what's required to pick it up. On day 2, 3 and 4 I spent half an hour each on the next section which was just 1 minute long, but it was a complicated move. I have since covered most of the soft-foot (non-tap) moves, but I'm having real trouble with the jumps. But, I never intend to compete or do it for a living, or even really show anyone, ever, so in the end I decided it wasn't vital for me to learn the hardest jumps, but I am still trying a few times each day, and I'm slowly picking those up, too.
   I moved onto the hard-shoe half of the DVD now, but I've spent 3 days on the first section, which I've not completed yet because there's a lot of different moves covered in 3 minutes and it takes a long time to learn them.

   All this might seem ineffective, even boring and repetative, so you really need to have a taste for the style of dance to enjoy it, which I seriously do. I look forward to it every day, even if I know I'm going to be spending all of my time on the same section I have for the past few days, because the satisfaction that comes with finally getting the hang of a move is pretty good.
   You'd be amazed how much you sweat, too, when all you're really doing are little jumps and hops and using your legs. Your upper body simply doesn't move. You have to really warm up first, and cool down afterwards, I'd say more than for any other workout I've ever tried, because your calves get completely destroyed (either that or I'm doing it wrong), but it's awesome. I've been doing it for two weeks now and I've lost half an inch around my waist already, it's incredible, and so much fun! I seriously recommend the DVD.

   I'll update again at the end of the month, and write a full review for the DVD, too.


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