How to Skip in Irish Step Dancing

Learn how to do skips in Irish step dancing in this Howcast dance video with Darrah Carr.

Transcript

Skips in Irish dance are also referred to as hop one two threes or forward two threes. To begin, the dancer points the right foot, rises onto the toes, lifts the right leg, tucks it up behind, with a hop, places the right foot down in front, shifts the weight front, back, front, and then alternates on the left side. The sequence again is hop, front, back, front, hop, front, back, front, alternating the weight, staying on the balls of the feet, foot is pointed, behind. And we'll try that again a little bit faster. Let's try it right foot, a series of four going more quickly to the front. Rising onto the balls of the feet, starting with the right foot. And, hop one two three, hop two two three, hop three two three, hop four two three. We'll look at a side view as well so you can see how the foot is pointed and raised in the back. Ready, and, hop one two three, hop two two three, hop three two three, hop four two three. And this is how to do skips, four two threes or hop one two threes in Irish dance.

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