How to Do the Seven Dance Move in Irish Step Dancing

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

Transcript

How to do Sevens in Irish dance. Beginning with the right foot pointed, the dancer rises to the balls of the feet. There's a hop to begin. Where by the foot is coming to touch just above the knee. Extends that foot out to the side and begins to travel in a sideways fashion. Two, three, four, five, six, seven. Let's look at that again. Hopping up to the knee. Extending out to the side. Two, three, four, five, six, seven. The "one" count is the initial hop and the "two" is when the foot returns to the ground and begins its sideways progression. Unlike other forms of folk dance, in Irish dance, we do not cross or grapevine the feet. In other words, when we are traveling to the right side, the right foot stays in front the entire time.

The Seven move can also be done with the left foot in Irish dance. In this case, the left foot does the initial hop on "one", and returns to the floor for the sideways progression. Left foot always leading when traveling to the side. we'll try that again more quickly. Once to the right and once to the left. The right foot does a hop for one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and the left foot, ready, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

How to do the Seven Move on the right and left foot.

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