Dusty Miller Hop Jig - home study option
Old Style Irish Step Dancing is a Living Tradition.
Jackie O'Riley's Hop Jig - the dance consists of a series of 8 steps, written to the tune of Dusty Miller and is appropriate for the intermediate dancer, ie Annette's level 3, further detail below.
FYI, this is the 2nd hop jig that Annette has taught, the previous dance was composed jointly by Rebecca McGowan & Jackie, to the tune of the Silver Slipper. It appears on their award winning visual album called "From the Floor".
NB: the first two steps of the Dusty Miller Hop Jig are repeated as steps 7 and 8, which will aid learning! 8 steps equates to 4 times through this 2-part tune.
You can view Jackie dancing these steps here - you may notice some interesting foot twists - extra time will be devoted to learning these movements.
Jackie's husband, Joey Abarta recorded this tune on his album "Swimming Agains the Falls" - available at:
Jackie O'Riley lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is a highly a respected performer and teacher, with a unique repertoire that includes older steps she’s collected from masters and field footage, and original material she’s composed (such as this Hop Jig).
Jackie performs and teaches in the US, Canada, and Ireland. She founded, directs, and teaches O’Riley Irish Dance, a unique, non-competitive dance program for kids and teens now in its 11th year.
In 2019 she co-released a debut, first-of-its-kind visual album, "From the Floor". Above all, she believes in prioritizing musicality in dancing, being a part of the wider musical and traditional community, and maintaining the joy that drew her to the tradition in the first place.
Annette & Jackie first crossed paths in Patrick O'Dea's class at the Willie Clancy week in 2010, and have been friends ever since. Swapping steps and dances, and enjoying each other's company when possible.
Part of the beauty of the Irish dance tradition is that it continues to be passed on from one person to the next, one generation to the next.
Level 3 description - for those who have been dancing a while and are ready to start memorising longer and more complicated routines.
Summary - you will receive:
- accompanying notes
- background information
- videos of each step broken down, no music
- videos of each step with music, at a number of speeds
- a video of the full routine at 2 speeds
Annette looks forward to leading you in dance - her reputation as a teacher of traditional dance grew hugely during covid. Her online programme reached as far west as Seattle, and east to Japan - teaching to a growing community of old style dancers from all around the world.
Between May 2020 and March 2023 Annette delivered 13 courses of dance, at 4 levels - including beginners - as well as private online classes and workshops.
Annette is currently running new initiatives in dance, in her home town of Lurgan (Co Armagh) and in Belfast (Co Antrim); as well a relatively new series of solo dance workshops in the Cobblestone in Dublin - which are repeated online shortly after the in-person event.
Also available in the shop - recordings of Garden of Daisies - Jockey to the Fair - King of the Fairies, recorded and arranged by Annette - sheet music also available.
"Research has proven that dance is one of the best forms of activity for keeping the body active and the mind alert."