Irish dancing is a worldwide sport, with millions taking part in competitions and lessons everyday.
Just like here at home.
Irish dancing remains incredibly popular, without almost every child trying it out at one stage or another.
Learning to Irish dance is a very particular experience, and if you’ve ever taken lessons, these will take you back:
1. Learning to count in Irish
If you were never sure of your numbers before you started dancing, you definitely knew your haon, dó, trís after.
2. Being made perform at family parties
You were always the party piece as you jigged your way around the dining table.
3. The pain
The balls of your feet were in constant agony, not to mention your calf muscles.
4. Dreaming about what dress you’d get to wear
Especially if you started as a young girl, you would drool over the costumes the older girls got to wear.
5. Your medals being your pride and joy
They were hung around the house, with pride.
6. Wearing your hard shoes around your house
When you finally got to wear them, you never took them off.
7. The hairspray
Elnett, specifically. And the clips. And the curlers.
And the pain.
8. Performing at every local St. Patrick’s Day parade
Even though you were freezing in your skirt and there was no one to watch.
9. Getting juice and biscuits after class
Usually because you practised in the Parish centre.
10. The socks
Which would leave dents on your legs and that you never really had enough of.
11. Still walking with your back up straight
Your posture, to this day, is impeccable.
12. You still like to whip out your moves on nights out
With a little help from your friend: alcohol.