Irish dance: On pointe – is it safe?

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5 thoughts on “Irish dance: On pointe – is it safe?

  1. See the thing is is that your basing all of this off of ballet. I am an irish dancer and I cannot train less and frankly if you told anyone in my class to train less they would be pissed and just train more. You also made it seem like irish dance is just pretend ballet which it’s not. I mean sure we’ve grabbed things from other styles of dance but not the beginning position. That’s not yours. We’ve had that forever. And the shoes are made to stand on. They have flat tips for that puropose. The more broken in the shoes the easier the to stand becomes therefor looking slumped. You’re less likely to fall and break your ankle if you shoes are more broken in. Also it’s not called dancing on point. It’s a toe stand. And there are usually very few in the steps. Yeah there are lots of injuries but there are injures in other sports. It’s not just us.

    • Thanks for your comment. The purpose of this article was to inform and hope people are aware enough to know that dancing on your toes has risks, and the experience from ballet indicates careful selection and specialist training is needed for this type of move. The research on injury levels in Irish step dancing speaks for itself. It’s all a choice.

  2. Don’t know about Vietnam but in Ireland children progress from dance to dance, from soft shoes to hard shoes, and good teacher will not move a child to an pointe before he/she is ready. Same as ballet! What happening in other countries sometimes horrifying. Just now came across a video where Russian dance teacher is showing basic Irish dancing steps and…..goes an pointe straight away. Hope she’s not teaching children that in her dance studio.
    Agree that doing multiple activities instead of just Irish dancing few times a week is better. Daughter does different dancing styles plus sports and gymnastics and all compliment each other, give flexibility and core strengths. I believe she progresses as fast in her weekly Irish dancing classes as she would if only did just Irish dancing. Maybe faster, as looking forward to classes, as that way not get bored with them or over tired from doing same thing few times a week. Especially for a small child, as they oppose to repetitive drilling. Probably less chance for injury as not over-straining same muscles again and again, but training and strenghtening whole body?

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