An Irish dancer’s Christmas wish list

 In Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy

It’s December and for many people that means it’s time to do Christmas shopping. We’ve put together some Irish dance specific gift ideas. Add your own in the comments. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Extended feis family

Gift ideas for the feis mom and dad in your life.

  • Feis Buddies: makers of personalized coffee cups, wine tumblers, bumper stickers and more to show your Irish dance parent pride.
  • Irish Dance Tshirt Company: get your graphic tees here. With slogans ranging from Irish dance muggle to Someone I love is an Irish dancer there’s something for the whole family.

Training and fitness

For the serious dancer looking to improve and stay fit and safe.

Feis kit

Some fun feis essentials.

  • Dress bag: those dance costumes don’t come cheap, so make sure you have something reliable to protect them.
  • Snoozies: they’re sparkly, comfy and cover up your clean white socks.
  • ZUCA bag: they’re a chair, they’re a bag and they’re one of the most popular items you see at a feis.
  • Number clip: put your competitor number front and centre at the feis.
  • Another pair of poodle socks: because can you really have too many fresh, white poodle socks?

Irish dance reads

Gifts for when you just can’t get enough Irish dance, it makes its way into your reading time.

  • Irish Dancing Magazine: a monthly magazine covering all things Irish dance from around the globe delivered right to your door.
  • Jigs to Jacobites: a gorgeous, well-researched, completely unique documentation of the set dance tunes used by CLRG. Looks great on an Irish dancer’s coffee table!
  • The Irish Dance Diary 2019: the second edition of this classic diary with an Irish dance twist is out for orders now. Combine your own dreams with stories from others.
  • Sound the Warning: Children of the World Book 1: a brand-new novel for young Irish dancers exploring two young Americans magical journey to Ireland.


The list of Irish dance musicians is long and it’s full of good ones. Here are some of the albums we’re enjoying in class lately.

  • Marney McCague: not too many flute tracks out there so this offers something different and a bit of an extra challenge for dancers.
  • Sean Softley: not unlike flute, fiddle music can be harder to find for practice and Sean’s is just super!
  • Katie Grennan: yes, another fiddle album, but a really amazing one (two actually)!
  • Tina Jordan Rees: a great album with a variety of speeds for all levels of dancers.
  • Sean O’Brien: Sean never falls too far down the playlist. His music is totally excellent.

– Rising Tide

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