Technique Focus: Footwork + Pointing

Technique Focus: Footwork + Pointing

To achieve the intricate, dynamic footwork distinctive in the world of Irish dancing, it is important to have a strong core, mobile ankle joints and adequate leg strength. The workouts in this technique seminar category aim to help you improve your "fancy footwork"!

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Technique Focus: Footwork + Pointing
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ballet Training - Legs + Glutes [All Levels]

    Join Celticore featured instructor Moira Ragen for an energizing legs + glutes-focused workout, inspired by Ballet training moves. Moira instructs students through a dynamic - and important - series of exercises to tone an area of dancers' bodies which are often ignored. Enjoy your workout!

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  • Toe Height + Ankle Mobility [All Levels]

    This workout focuses on the mechanics of toe height - an important aspect of proper Irish dance technique. We'll use a combination of shoulder bridges, glute activation exercises and ankle mobility tools to target the muscles which help us stay lifted on our toes while dancing. There might be a...

  • Ballet Training for Irish Dancers [Basics]

  • Ballet Training for Irish Dancers [Intermediate]

    Moira introduces additional exercises - great for footwork, improving turnout and overall body coordination - in this workout, developed for intermediate level. The principles of modern + ballet are highly beneficial for Irish dancers as well!

    Level: Intermediate
    What You Need: No equipmen...

  • Glutes Standing + Mat Workout [All Levels]

    In this workout, we'll emphasize control, power + alignment through glute activation - with a particular focus on glute medius, a place where many Irish dancers have weakness, according to Sports/PT Dr. Megan Greco, based in Ellicott City, MD. In addition to a standing series, we'll make our way...

  • Footwork + Ankle Mobility [All Levels]

    In this workout, we present a series of exercises designed to assist with your Irish dance footwork, through strategic ankle mobilization, balance challenges and leg work. We've also incorporated some beneficial exercises for the muscles in your foot, including working to keep your arch strong a...

  • Point Your Toes - Technique Clinic [All Levels]

    In this workout, we'll move through a sequence of core-strengthening exercises, while emphasizing pointing our toes & keeping out feet active. We'll use the idea of the Pilates "V" foot position (heels in, toes out), to reinforce good pointing - an important element of Irish dance technique.

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  • Standing Workout + Footwork Focus [All Levels]

    We're helping you put your best foot forward this year with a "footwork" standing workout which will help with your core stability, balance and alignment. This workout also feature a series of new Irish dance-inspired exercises to complement all of the work you put in at the studio.

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  • Standing Workout + Turnout Focus [All Levels]

    Irish dancers are constantly reminded to turn their feet out, so this workout - a combination standing / sitting series - will activate muscles which contribute maintaining good turnout + foot placement. We begin with a standing point, squat and leg lift series, transitioning to the floor to wor...

  • Classical Pilates Cool-Down by Megan Drake [All Levels]

    Special thanks to Megan Drake (irishdancefit.com Founder) on delivering this fabulous restorative + re-energizing workout. Part of our "Worlds Recovery" series, this workout is designed to help dancers transition from the intensity of majors into a strong training / competition season. Enjoy thi...

  • Footwork + Core Stability [Intermediate]

    We have for you an action-packed Celticore workout, with an emphasis on footwork + core stability. We'll start standing up tall - toning our calves with some ankle raises / footwork-stability moves and some glutework. From there, we'll transition to the mat, throwing in a quick ab series and fi...