Proper stance is very important in Irish dance. Irish dance is well known for its distinctive feature of keeping the upper body and arms still, while below the feet move very quickly. To prepare for proper stance in Irish dance, the dancers feet are crossed, the right toe is pointed. The arms are held down straight by the side and the hands are curled into fists. They should not be tense, however. The idea is to keep the stance vertical and erect but also relaxed with shoulders down and chin lifted. Those are the tips for achieving proper stance in Irish dance.