On Summer and Stamina...

And we're back!

The 2015 North American Irish Dance Championship in Rhode Island was one of our most successful competitions to date. We couldn't be prouder of all of you and the way you pulled together as a team and supported each other during the week. We're bringing home our first North American title (Mixed Figure Choreography Under 16), and celebrating with all our solo dancers, recalled or not. It was a week of personal bests and beautiful performances. Go team!

So now it's summer and we're enjoying a short break before Oireachtas training starts. Many of you have asked how you can keep your stamina up over the coming months so you stay strong headed into the fall competitive season. We'd like to share this article with you from readytofeis.com. It touches on the difference between anaerobic and aerobic training and offers some great training tips. It also features input from Lauren Early (who some of you may have met in Providence), a 6-time World Champion and professional Irish dance trainer.

As Irish dancers, it's important to remember that we're sprinters, not long-distance runners. We want to train our muscles to fire for short bursts of 60 - 90 seconds. While hitting the treadmill for a 30 minute run is good for your overall muscle tone and strength, does it really help you make it to the end of that treble jig? Sometimes it's about training smarter, not necessarily harder. Take a read over the article and Lauren Early's thoughts and let us know what you think!

Happy summer everyone!

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