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14 things you'll know if you ever did Irish dancing

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3…

1. First of all, your 123s were on point

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2. In fact, the refrains “1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3″ and “Hop, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7″ still ring in your head

#NeverForget

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3. You vividly remember getting your first pair of these

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4. Even though all you wanted more than anything was to wear heavy shoes

“Someday, I will be the Lord of the Dance”

– you, seething with jealousy watching someone do a hornpipe.

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5. You spent many a weekday evening practicing in some sort of Big Hall

Ah yes, The Hall: the site of many an illustrious Irish dancing career.

6. Your Irish dancing medals took pride of place in your room

(Even if you only got them for participation.)

7. There was always at least one World Champion (or someone whose cousin’s neighbour was a World Champion) in your class

You might even be guilty yourself of exaggerating your achievements and claiming to be one yourself. “Sure I was a World Champion in, eh, the jig.”

8. You grew up absolutely worshipping Michael Flatley and Jean Butler

*Riverdance music starts playing*

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9. You absolutely *lived* for feis season

The dresses, the curls, the Elnett, meeting girls (read: arch rivals) from other dancing schools — feis has all the makings of an enjoyable reality show.

10. Can we take a moment to appreciate what an undertaking getting your hair done for feis was?

More time consuming than getting your hair done for the Oscars, tbh.

11. And let’s not forget post-feis hair…

12. You know that Irish dancer calves are a real thing

13. Even though your Irish dancing days are long behind you, you’ve been known to break them out on the dancefloor from time to time

When drink is taken, you know yourself.

14. And a little part of you secretly thinks that this’ll be you some day

“I’d like to thank my Mam, my Dad, my dance teacher…”

Throw back💗🌎

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Once an Irish dancer, always an Irish dancer.

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