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  • Writer's pictureTereza Bernardová, M.A. & T.C.R.G.

The Essential Gaeilge for Irish dancers #1

The Irish language is an essential part of Irish dance. If you are lucky to have a native Irish person teaching you Irish dancing, the words and phrases below may already be part of your

dance vocabulary. However many Irish dance teachers and dancers around the world practice this beautiful tradition without knowing how to pronounce some of the terms.

I invited an Irish dancer, Colene Nee, from the Gaeltacht area who has graduated with a BA in Irish Music and Dance and also studied Irish for 4 years and received a certificate in Irish in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages at the University of Limerick to help me and you with pronunciation of the essential Irish dance terms.


Below you find the first part of useful words, phrases or terms divided into smaller sections. Each section is in English and Irish language. The Irish terms are connected with an audio recording, so you can listen to the correct pronunciation.

 

GREETINGS

Words and phrases used at competitions, dance classes, social events or in correspondence.

ENGLISH

IRISH

Hello.

How are you?

Welcome.

You are welcome.

Good luck.

All the best.

Thank you.

Well done you.

Very good.

​Great.

Congratulations.

Good bye.

Hard luck.

Take care.

Safe home.

NUMBERS

As an Irish dancers the least we do is give ourselves a count to start the dance. At the dance competition sometimes you hear a count during the results to point your toe and bow. Find below numbers from 1 to 10.


DANCES

Irish dances and music also have their names in Irish language.

ENGLISH

IRISH

Reel

Cor / Ríl

Light jig

​Single jig

​Slip jig

​Heavy jig

Hornpipe

DANCE LEVELS

ENGLISH

IRISH

Beginner

Primary

Intermediate

Open

COMPETITIONS AND EXAMS

ENGLISH

IRISH

Competitions

Exams

Dancing competition / competitions

Festival

Dancing competition / Festival

The Irish Dance World Championships

The All-Ireland Championships

Dance

Dancer

Dance school

Musician

Adjudicator

Teacher

Boys / Men

Girls / Ladies

First place

Second place

Third place

The Irish Dancing Commission (CLRG)

The Regional Council of Continental Europe and Asia (RCCEA)

​An Comhairle Réigiùnach mór-roinn na hEorpa agus na hÁise (not official)

The Diploma of the Irish Dancing Commission

​Diploma Rinceoirí

Irish ceilí dance teacher (TMRF)

Irish dance teacher (TCRG)

Adjudicator (ADCRG)

Examiner (SDCRG)



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