Beginner+ 20 minutes of practice 3 days a week for 3 months= Advanced Beginner in all your dances at your next feis.
Advanced Beginner+ 30 Minutes of practice 3 days a week for 3 months= Novice in your stronger set of dances, high placements in all the rest.
Novice+ 45 minutes of practice a day for 6 months= Open Prizewinner, Baby.
Prizewinner+ 1 hour of practice 3 days a week for a year= Preliminary
Preliminary+ 1 Hour of practice 4 days a week for a year= Open Championship
Open Championship+ 1 Hours of Practice a day (even on class days) for 2 years= Worlds Recall
Practice. It's what's for dinner.
This past Friday, I applied for my first U.S. passport. This whole going overseas thing? Is surreal. I have never been out of the U.S. in my life. Who would've known that when I started dancing three and a half years ago that I would be travelling to Ireland to compete in the world championships? That was not my goal or even an ulterior motive. I started dancing simply to dance, and now here I am, three years later at the top level of competitive Irish dancing.
This all just goes to show that hard work and practice pay off kiddos.
So, according to my fellow blogger, IrishDanceTeacher, I am right on track to become a worlds recaller in five years, meaning two years from now, and that these statements have some validity to them. But let's get real here for a second. I am in my last two semesters of college. This semester I will be preparing for my music ed. voice recital, my MTEC II, VCLA, and Praxis II, while working 15 hours a week and remaining active in my sorority. In the fall, I will be student teaching and probably working 10 hours a week. Will I practice every day for the next two years? No. But maybe that just means I will never get a recall at worlds, and you know what? I don't care. Just saying I am able to participate in that sort of event is quite prestigious and a feat to be congratulated no matter what.
Goals: Turnout, finish learning Drunken Gauger
Days till worlds: 88