Did you read the March 2019 issue of Irish Dancing Magazine? Check out the video demonstration of the 5 exercises featured in the magazine to help Irish dancers with their toe height and pointing. See below for the full article and a video demonstration of the exercises. INTERESTED IN MORE IRISH DANCE-SPECIFIC TOE HEIGHT VIDEOS? Receive 1 MONTH FREE @ the Target Training Online Institute Irish dance strength & conditioning, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! Join the Target Training Online
Due to the repetitive nature of Irish dance (always kicking forward with limited time extending your leg behind your body) and spending the majority of our day sitting down at school or work, we aren’t using an important muscle group for our daily lives and Irish dance, our glutes! Your glutes (the muscles in your bum) are critical to preventing injury and improving performance for Irish dance. Looking to improve your toe height (especially that pesky back foot toe height)?
Improving Irish dance toe height has been on my mind! This month on the Target Training Online Institute, one of the videos to be released on April 1 is: 10 Exercises to Improve Toe Height While developing this video, I incorporated exercises that hit on the key components to improving toe height: posterior chain strength - glute, hamstring, calf, bottom of foot quad strength ankle mobility double vs. single-leg strength. I recently published an article about improving toe h
This weekend while watching dancers compete at a feis, I was noticing a few common trends that set the top competitors apart from their competition. From the beginning grade levels through the championship competitions, the dancers with excellent toe height stand out. Specifically, the ability to keep the back heel up off the ground. If you’re a dancer who is constantly getting the comment of “heels up” or “higher on toes”, it’s time to begin engaging your gluteal muscles w
If you go to any Irish dance class, you’ll probably hear the teacher say “stay up on your toes,” “toe height,” or “heels dropping” at least 100 times. Let’s give our teachers a break from talking about our toe height and correct it once and for all! Have you tried to improve your toe height by mindlessly performing calf raises? This is a start but there is so much more involved in improving your toe height. Improve the strength & control of your entire posterior chain poste