Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It: Learn How To Do The Irish Jig

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All you lads and lasses…are you looking for a place to get jiggy with it?

No need to look further than Muggivan School of Irish Dance on Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie.

“Irish dancing is unique and exciting and probably the best fitness that you’ll ever try”, Dorian Joye, Dance Instructor at Muggivan, said.

Dorian Joye teaches the irish jig and reels to 65 students ranging from ages 3 to 50.  She used to do triathlons, but feels Irish dancing is better on the body.

“I’m in better shape doing Irish dancing than I was when I was doing triathlons.  That’s pretty unbelievable,” she said.

She enjoys Irish dancing to just about any music.

“I once did Irish dancing to Eminem,”  Joye said.

Students said one of the things they love most about learning how to Irish dance is the fact that they get to make so much noise.

Sammy’s Po’ Boys is directly downstairs from Muggivan’s and Sheryl St. Pierre who works at Sammy’s said, “Oh, I’m immune to the dancing.  I don’t even hear it anymore, but the customers sure do”.

Getting into the rhythm is easy, but what’s hard is keeping control of the arms.

“We don’t use our arms in Irish dancing.  We are very centered and focused on our footwork,”  Joye said.

It’s definitely a lucky sport.

“Most of the Irish dancers are girls, so if you’re a guy then it’s very lucky for you.  Also, we don’t say ‘break a leg’ we say ‘good luck’ instead”  this dance teacher said.

For these Irish jiggers…finding this dance studio is kind of like finding a pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow.

The dancers use both hard and soft soled shoes.   You can catch them dancing on Saturday in this year’s Irish Channel Parade.

The Muggivan School of Irish Dance dancers perform at various locations around New Orleans including The Irish House, University of New Orleans,  and Finn McCool’s.

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Muggivan School of Irish dance is located in Metairie and Virginia.