For those of you who do not already know me, my name is Peter O’Grady, and I am the founder of and lead educator in Irish Dancing Physical Fitness, as well as Author & Creator of a training book and DVD’s for Irish dancing, Upping Your Step. I too was an Irish dancer in my younger years and, as all of you dancing fanatics know, it is very hard to leave it behind!
From beginners to World Champions
To date, I am one of the very few coaches in Ireland and all over the world who works specifically with Irish dancers. I have spent the last few years travelling Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and other parts of Europe conducting workshops and seminars, visiting schools and providing one-to-one training to help dancers prepare for major competitions. I have trained dancers of all ages and all abilities, ranging from five years of age to adults, and from beginners to National and World Champions.
My knowledge and experience
Over the years, I have gained a great deal of knowledge, by working with people from all walks of life, to help them improve in many areas including: General fitness & health, weight management, muscle gain & muscle tone, athletic performance enhancement…and the list goes on. Not only do I work on their fitness levels from a training perspective, but I also develop a nutritional programme to support their training regime, as well as offering them mindset coaching. The advantage of also being a physical therapist, is that I can help my clients recover from any injuries they may have, and advise them on how to avoid future injury. I have gained this knowledge through my work experience, hours upon hours of studying, constant research and course attendance, which I can now impart to all of my dancing clients. My work with dancers to date has proven to be a great success, and I look forward to helping more dancers reach their goals in the future!
‘What is your secret?’
Since I first began working with Irish dancers, I have been asked time and time again, ‘What is your secret’?
I have been asked this question because I have assessed, treated and trained dancers to help them to improve specific areas, and the results I have attained have been very effective to date.
As a coach and a therapist, my first task is to learn as much as I can about the dancers, including their background, lifestyle, medical history, eating habits, stress levels… the list goes on.
When I know more about the client, this helps me to understand them more fully.
When I understand them, it makes it easier for me to assess them.
I carry out a number of different tests, and to date these have been the secret to my clients’ successes.
This process informs me of almost everything I need to know about my clients, including how they will perform, their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses, possible reasons as to why they experience ongoing injuries and so on. These assessments are truly great. You will be amazed!
As I said, through this series of steps I can tell you ALMOST everything, but not entirely everything! In order to make sure I can tell you everything, I carry out one last assessment, which involves the client having to dance. Following this appraisal, I will be able to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know!
I will tell you the reasons why you may lean forward, bend your knees on lifts or high clicks, cannot lift your legs as high as you should, cannot jump as high as you would like to, have poor turnout, cannot stay high on your toes for as long as is required, cannot keep your arms still and again the list goes on…..
If you think that this is something you need help with, then you are welcome to sign up for one of my online programmes, or you can contact me via our Contact page or Facebook page ‘Irish Dancing Physical Fitness’ to book an appointment.
I always look forward to meeting new clients.