How To Dance an Irish Jig

Have you always wanted to dance an Irish jig? It's easy – just follow our lead.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Repeat the entire jig pattern, reversing your feet.
  • TIP: Turn your feet outward while dancing, and when your legs cross, parallel your knees so that your front knee is completely in front of your back knee.
  • Step 2: If you liked the jig step, there are many other types of Irish dance steps and styles. Find a teacher or a class where you can explore them fully!
  • FACT: Did you know? In the 18th and 19th centuries, dance masters competed for the right to teach dance in Irish villages.
  • Step 3: Now learn the second part. Raise your right foot to your left knee and step back with your right foot. Then step back with your left foot, stepping in place successively with your right, left, and right again.
  • Step 4: Repeat the pattern twice, for a total of three renditions.
  • Step 5: Stand in ballet fifth position. Turn your left foot out at 10 o'clock and put your right foot at two o'clock; place your right foot forward so the toes of your left foot touch the heels of your right.
  • Step 6: Hold your chin parallel to the floor, pull your shoulders back and down, hold your arms straight at your sides, and point your toes.
  • Step 7: Point your right foot in front of your left, lift the right foot to your left knee, step back with your right foot, step once with left in place, and lift your right leg once again in place.
  • : Always stretch and warm up before you begin dancing to prevent injury.

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