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The Shelly Allen Archive

Catch up on the Shelly Allen archive and be inspired!

  • 01 November 2016
5 Things Every Irish Dancer Should Do The Week Before A Feis

You've been practicing hard all year to prepare for the big Irish dance competition.

  • 05 September 2016
Irish Dance FEIS TIPS: Ten Helpful Hints for Competing at Your First Feis

I thought it would fun to put up some helpful information for all beginner dancers nervous about their first Irish Feis competition.

  • 31 May 2016
The Best Irish Dancers Are Confident, Not Cocky

I've watched it happen a lot, and it always bothers me. Some Irish dancers can get a little arrogant once they reach Championship level.

  • 12 January 2016
Irish Dance Basic Technique: 10 Things To Remember Every Time You Dance

If you're taking Irish dance classes from a certified school, chances are you already know your basic technique.

  • 23 April 2015
Top 5 Dumbest Reactions I Get When I Tell Someone I’m An Irish Dancer

Whenever I tell someone new that I’m an Irish dancer, it’s always interesting to observe the kind of reaction I get.

  • 15 May 2014
You Will Never Come Across A Greater Adversary Than Your Own Potential

Every Irish dancer who has experienced a small amount of success knows that the pressure to succeed again can be a little overwhelming.

  • 05 February 2014
How To Set Challenging But Realistic Oireachtas Goals

An Oireachtas is different from a Feis. Dancers who win in open championships can come home without even a recall when they compete at an Oireachtas.

  • 28 January 2014
Do Other Irish Dancers Intimidate You When You Compete?

Every Irish dancer has strengths and weaknesses. Some dancers leap higher, some dancers never miss a beat and others are so light on their feet you wonder if they’re even touching the ground.

Thank you so much. I can’t say enough as to how helpful all of you have been. This has been a great experience and I appreciate all the feedback and communication.

Pat - USA
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