Dans! - The Road to Heavies - Diary of a male Irish dancer
Many forms of dance feature a basis (ofcourse) and Irish dance is none the different. Irish dance probably is one of the very few types of dance where the dancers wear two different types of shoes, the soft and heavy shoes.
But, starting on heavy shoes as an absolute beginner in Irish dance is asking for trouble. There is quite some technique involved and the soft-shoes are the run-up to your heavies.
When I started, my goal was to achieve 'something simple' on a pair of heavies, but I first had to get to the point I was ready for them. How long that would take was beyond me, if I would ever reach my goal at all.
That's why I started this kind-of diary on the 1st of October 2011, the day I had my try-out class. After thinking the title over, I decided to call it 'The Road to Heavies'.
A word of caution in advance: it's probably incredibly boring when you're not an Irish dancer yourself (and probably also when you are). Many terms are for 'insiders' and the moves are next to unexplainable.
I also don't publish the name of fellow dancers. It doesn't really add to the stories and the reader problaby doesn't know them as well.
Translating the entries I have originally written in Dutch takes quite a lot of time. I'm running far behind, so for now, you will have to do with the entries listed below.