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Strength Training for Irish Dancers - Why it's Essential

Updated: Apr 13


Strength and conditioning programs have primarily been associated with sports for hundreds of years. But when it comes to dance, it is not commonly seen as a necessary component. However, recent research shows that “training outside the dance technique class is not only beneficial, but perhaps essential to furthering strength and power in highly-developed dancers.”1

Strength training programs teach dancers efficient ways to improve technique by increasing the quality of effective training. This training leads to a decrease in injury risk and improved dance technique by increasing a dancer’s

  • endurance

  • muscle strength

  • power

Continue following the TT Blog for strengthening exercises targeting the specific muscles Irish dancers need to improve technique.

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Supplemental Reading

Check out some of the latest articles related to strength training for dancers here.

1 Supplementary Muscle Fitness Training for Dancers

IADMS Bulletin for Teachers - Volume4, Number 1, 2012

Andrea Kozai

2 The Significance of Muscular Strength in Dance

Journal of Dance Medicine & Science

Yiannis Koutedakis, Ph.D., Antonis Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou, M.Sc., & Giorgos Metsios, M.Sc.

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