McConnell Practice Guide
Irish Dance is disciplined learning and requires consistent practice and effort to become proficient. Like any skilful activity, hard work is required to achieve success. In order for a dancer to progress in Irish dance, hard work, dedication, and at-home practice is essential. We encourage all students to practice at home and parental assistance is necessary.
Personal progress and performance are directly affected by practice time, attitude and effort in class and at home.Practice Music: Practice tunes are available for listening on the member's area of the website. Due to copyright legislation, we are unable to provide dancers with music for their routines at performances. Irish dance music is timed accurately we encourage dancers to use practice music provided on the website.
How long should my child practice?
Daily practice will help dancers to remember steps and improve technique.
Dancers should try to practice at least three times a week for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Remember to warm up and stretch well before every practice. Don't forget to cool down.
To increase flexibility, dancers should spend at least 10 minutes a day stretching.
Information for Parents: Supporting your dancer
Some children have a natural drive to practice on their own. These dancers need only support and encouragement
to continue with their good practice habits.
Some dancers desire to progress with their dancing but have trouble understanding how to fit practice time into their day. These children often need help from their parents to set out a weekly practice plan and stick to it. Quite often, after a month or two of help and support, these children can learn to practice diligently on their own to achieve their goals.
It is important to discover what your child's practice style is and compare that with what their goals are for their dancing. As an Irish dance parent, your most important role is to accept the character type of your child and do your best to be supportive of them and the decisions they make regarding their Irish dance.
Only offer encouragement, especially when your child may be struggling.
Avoid criticizing your child's practice or performance.
Stick to your parental role. Avoid trying to be your child's coach or teacher
(i.e. becoming too involved in steps or technique, etc).