Peter O'Grady

The Confidence Challenge! All dancers should try this!

Sometimes your performance doesn’t always go to plan. It is very easy to be confident when things are working out well for you. But the real test of confidence lies in how you respond when things don’t go so well. A successful dancer has the ability to maintain confidence, instead of giving up when something goes wrong. …

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How to: Reduce Inflammation / Irish Dance / Injuries / Recovery

How do I reduce inflammation? This is not only important for Irish dancers, but for everyone. For years I have seen people purchasing over the counter medication, then taking tablet after tablet and then adding the extra teaspoon of some other bottled substance. I myself, from a young age, was completely against taking any medication that …

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Femoral Anteversion and Turnout / Irish Dance

Femoral Anteversion and the effects it has on your turnouts for Irish dancing… is this you? As promised in my previous blog http://irishdancingphysicalfitness.ie/glutes/ 😀 So… what is turnout?  Turnout is a term used in Irish dancing to describe the position of the legs, in which the lateral rotation of both legs causes a dancer’s toes to …

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The advantages of strong glutes for Irish dancing/ Why / How to / Exercises

The glutes are the strongest muscle groups in the human body. The glutes, also known as gluteus maximus, minimus and medius work together to make movements such as sitting down and standing up amongst other movements much easier. Developing the glutes will also improve posture, athletic performance and decrease  the risk of injuries. As I …

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How to: The Glute Bridge Exercise/Irish Dance/Strength Training/Conditioning

The main aim when performing a glute bridge exercise is to lift the hips with your glute muscles. This strength training exercise is a great addition to every Irish dancer’s training program.  The glute bridge activates the glutes to improve hip stabilization and prevents the back from extending, which is ideal for Irish dancing. Why …

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