Practice Guidelines for Novice and Up

Monday – Reel and Slip Jig

Tuesday– Treble Jig and Hornpipe

Wednesday– Class

Thursday – Light Jig/Single Jig

Friday– Traditional Sets (St. Patrick’s Day, The Blackbird, Job of Journeywork)

Saturday– Figure (2 hand, 3 hand, 6 hand, etc), treble reel, misc dances that need to be remembered; Conditioning day

Sunday– Off; enjoy the day! Do something fun and don’t think about dancing until the week begins again.

Practices should be set up as follows:

  1. One step
  2. Rest 16 bars (equivalent to one step right and left feet)
  3. 2nd step
  4. Rest 16 bars
  5. Repeat until the music ends (pick a song at least 5 minutes or longer).
  6. Turn off music. Work on each step. Use a mirror and your notebook. Do each correction properly at least 5 times.
  7. When corrections are in place and muscle memory is made, turn on music again.
  8. Both steps
  9. Rest 16 bars
  10. Both steps
  11. Rest 16 bars
  12. Repeat until the music ends (again, pick a long song).

Traditional set practice:

  1. Whole dance
  2. Turn off music. Work on each step with a mirror and your notebook. Do each correction properly at least 5 times.
  3. Turn on the music, dance the whole dance 5 times in a row.

Points to remember:

  1. Always wear your shoes and dance to the correct music. If you have any inquiries regarding which dance goes to which song, please contact Miss Daryl.
  2. A mirror is your best friend! Get yourself a mirror to see what Miss Daryl sees on a weekly basis.
  3. This is the time when you use your notes from class time to ensure that you fix the corrections that Miss Daryl gives you.
  4. The purpose of this routine is not simply to check off the boxes of practicing each day. Each time you dance must be attempted with intentionality and with the motivation to fix faults in dancing. This will take time, discipline, and investment from you, but I can assure that it will be worth it.




  1. Clocks – 5 up, 5 down, slowly, each leg.


  1. 15 Pushups
  2. 25 Bicycle Crunches
  3. 25 Calf Raises
  4. 15 Pushups
  5. 30 Second Plank
  6. 20 Squats
  7. 15 Pushups
  8. 15 Jump Squats
  9. 60 Second Plank
  10. 15 Pushups
  11. 15 Tricep Dips
  12. 15 Back Extension