Core Training

Core Training

While core training is an essential aspect of every Celticore workout, all workouts in this category are especially dedicated to core strength! The benefits of core training for Irish dancers are numerous and the word "core" is often what first comes to mind when people think of Pilates. Properly working your "core" (also known as the abdominal "powerhouse") involves much more than just crunches and planks. It requires good technique, precision and patience - which is exactly what Celticore is all about!

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Core Training
  • *NEW* Steady Shoulders [All Levels]

    In this workout, we'll train our shoulders by using a combination of arm strengthening and side-lying exercises. Shoulder control is an important part of good posture and presentation on stage, and something which many Irish dancers find challenging. No matter what your goals may be, we know th...

  • *NEW* Leg Circles - Miniseries [All Levels]

    Welcome to Miniseries by Celticore! In this first release, we'll work on Leg Circles - a classical Pilates move - by training using the foundational concepts of Pilates. Leg Circles are a great way to work hip stability, lower abdominal activation and proprioception (body awareness). Enjoy you...

  • Turn It Out! Core Activation + Hips [Basics]

    Learn the fundamentals of how to maintain your turnout while dancing with this fun workout using strategic exercises from the Pilates method, with a focus on hip mobility! The goal of this workout will be to connect core engagement with proper turnout in multiple ways including low ab utilizatio...

  • Strong Core + Leg Activation [All Levels]

    In this All-Levels workout, we introduce a flowing series of core AND leg-focused moves in order to best train effectively for Irish dance. Throughout each movement, we'll also emphasize turnout and crossing. We hope you enjoy this unique blend of classical Pilates and contemporary Fuse Pilates...

  • Power Up Your Obliques + Arms [Advanced]

    In this advanced workout, we'll use a series of obliques-focused Pilates and Fuse method moves in order to strengthen and activate core! We'll target our obliques using twisting, rotating movements which are an excellent way to increase control and overall power while dancing. Because it's impo...

  • Turn It Out! - Hip Adduction Focus [All Levels]

    "Turn It Out!" - our new turnout-focused series of workouts - use a strategic combination of Pilates leg and core work to help in your dancing. Our goal is to give you the tools to learn how to properly activate the muscles which help achieve turnout while on stage. This workout specifically fo...

  • Elevation - Stay On Your Toes! [All Levels]

    We received several requests for a workout that focuses on staying off your heels, so here it is! Many dancers struggle with elevation and keeping high on their toes, so we seek to show that using some of the pillars of Pilates can help out quite a bit! In this workout, we'll use a series of cla...

  • Upper Body Control + Arms [All Levels]

    Join us for a posture-focused workout designed for all levels, with an emphasis on upper body stillness + control. We'll also work through some oblique exercises and arm toning. It's an essential workout for Irish dancers and, at just 8 minutes long, it's the perfect length to complete when you...

  • Technique Focus: Point Your Toes! [All Levels]

    "Point your toes!" Chances are, at some point in your Irish dance career, your teacher has said that to you! In this workout, we'll move through a series of Pilates exercises adapted for Irish dance technique, with the goal of helping to achieve nicely pointed toes and arched feet. We'll also ...

  • Leg Power + Strength [All Levels]

    This workout is designed to activate the power in your legs to create the dynamic movement and action required for success on stage. We'll use some of the fundamentals of Pilates technique to focus on leg + glutes control, power and stability, as well as incorporating some Yoga-inspired stretche...

  • Complete Core [Advanced]

    In this workout, we're putting our entire abdominal powerhouse to the test! Get ready for an intense [but still fun!] series of strategic Pilates-inspired corework. We'll challenge our abdominal stability & endurance, which in turn will help your posture & overall polish onstage.

    Level: A...

  • Pilates Roll-Up Series for Dancers [Intermediate]

    The roll-up is a classic Pilates maneuver, great for core strengthening & stabilization. This quick workout takes the roll-up and twists, teases & manipulates it - making it highly effective as an exercise for Irish dancers, reinforcing good posture and upper body control.

    Level: Intermedia...

  • On-The-Go Abs 2 Backstage feat. Siobhan Manson - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    Our second "On-The-Go Abs" feature takes traditional Pilates corework to the next level. With guest student & longtime Riverdance Lead Dancer Siobhan Manson, we filmed this workout while in the middle of a show with The Young Irelanders, thus demonstrating how easy it is to get in a bit of ab ac...

  • Lower Abs Focus [Advanced]

    Your lower abdominals are critical for helping you power & push through the challenging moments on stage. In this workout, we'll go through a classical sequence of challenging low-ab exercises, and hopefully have some fun when we're not shaking too much!

    Level: Advanced
    What You Need: Mat
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  • Upper + Lower Abs [Intermediate]

    In this classic "ab attack"-style workout, we'll take the definition of a crunch to the next level. Using Pilates principles and some elements of the Fuse Pilates method, we'll not only tone but also focus on creating length and maintaining control of our core. This workout is great as a quick ...

  • Complete Core - A Fuse Pilates Workout [All Levels]

    Complete Core is a full-on Pilates experience that is an exciting new way for Irish dancers to cross-train! In this compact yet high energy workout, with some innovative Pilates exercises from the Fuse Pilates method, we'll engage nearly every muscle in our body to assist in our core strengtheni...

  • Pilates for Irish Dancers Fundamentals [Basics]

    Celticore founder Joe Duffey introduces some of the basic principles of Pilates which are applied in all Celticore workouts. Great for beginners and anyone who wants to brush up on their Pilates form, this workout also demonstrates how the fundamentals of Pilates are incredibly beneficial for Ir...

  • On-The-Go Abs feat. Siobhan Manson - a Fuse Pilates workout [All Levels]

    "On-The-Go Abs - a Fuse Pilates workout" challenges your abs like never before! In just five minutes, you'll crunch, twist, pulse & tone. Drawing from the Fuse Pilates method (www.fusepilates.com) and classical Pilates, we'll mix in elements of other fitness disciplines and push you to maintain...

  • Abs + Arms [All Levels]

    There are two parts to this video workout: the first part focuses on posture, engaging your arms, upper back and challenging your abdominal stability. The second part, as requested by a Celticore monthly subscriber, is a super-challenging ab set designed to ignite your core and help stay one ste...

  • The Teaser [Basics]

    Learn how to properly achieve the quintessential Pilates core-strengthening move: Teaser! This instructional seminar, also great as a quick core workout, we'll guide you through several of the fundamental aspects of keeping proper form, and of course we want to focus on the essential Pilates asp...

  • Core Activation, Part 2 [All Levels]

    This workout is the 2nd part of our "Core Activation" series -
    a program of workouts designed to help educate Irish dancers in what exactly it means to engage your core while dancing. In this workout, we'll move through an intelligent abdominal strengthening series as well as other functional ...

  • Classic Core + The Hundred [All Levels]

    Join us for a challenging but highly energizing "Classic Core" workout. We'll work through several variations of "The Hundred" as well as move intelligently through roll-ups, leg circles and other core activation techniques in order to help you gain the control, power and grace you need on stage...

  • Perfect Your Posture - Core Focus [Intermediate]

    In this "Perfect Your Post" series workout, we'll move through a series of core-focused movements to activate our deep abdominals which help us with upper body control and stability while dancing. Movements in this workout will challenge your coordination as well as your core endurance! Remembe...

  • Modern Floor Warm-Up by Moira Ragen [All Levels]

    This energizing, Modern dance-based floor workout will help you lengthen and stretch your body, activate your core and prepare to conquer the stage with grace and ease! Featured Celticore Instructor Moira Ragen leads us through a series of beneficial dance exercises suitable as either a warm-up,...