Posts Categorized: Glossary

Irish Dance Terms .v3

Irish Dance Terms are our attempt to label those Irish Dance things we know, but which don’t have a ‘real name’.

clusterfeis

noun clus·ter·feis \ˈklə-stər-fɛʃ\
1 : a complex and utterly disordered and mismanaged situation :  a muddled mess, when it comes to anything related to Irish Dance
2 : a way to say what you are REALLY thinking when your Irish Dancers are in earshot and you can’t say what you are really thinking.

examples of clusterfeis

  • The construction on I-65 North driving home from Nationals was a real clusterfeis
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    Irish Dance Terms .v2

    feispionage

    noun feis·pi·o·nage
    1 : the activity of spying on dancers from other schools in order to steal their steps or routines.

    FeisNation

    Haven’t had a new glossary term since the first one I posted months ago, but my reference to FeisNation in a FB post today prompted a follower to write a little ‘wiki’ on what that means, so without further ado… Hat tip to Karen for the definition :)

    FeisNation

    Feisnation: (definition) a growing group of the population. In public they appear completely normal other than a having a strange graphic applique on their vehicle that depicts what you think at first is a pole dancer but is actually an Irish Step Dancer in motion. read more

    Irish Dance Terms .v1

    Term of the week is our attempt to label those Irish Dance things we know, but which don’t have a ‘real name’. The first one came out of my mouth tonight on the way home from dance practice, and I thought to myself, oh, I gotta start writing these nuggets down, so here goes.

    hance

    verb ˈhan(t)s, ˈhän(t)s
    1 : to use only ones hands to practice all the steps in an Irish Dance routine.

    hanc·ing

    intransitive verb
    1 : to engage in or perform Irish Dance steps with only the hands. This can be done in a seated or standing position read more