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Date Posted: 22:32:59 07/07/17 Fri
Author: Interesting.
Subject: Cleaning out the garage, and just came across John Cullinane's book, Irish Dancing Commission Its Origins and Evolution.

In it he talks about the point system and how it was devised in 1932. He goes on to say that the 'guidelines for adjudicating' were adopted at the meeting:
Solo dancing: Time 25%, deportment and style 25%, steps 25%, execution and method 25%
Figure dancing: Time 30%, figures 30%, and general effect 40%
Wouldn't it be great if the judges had to actually give out marks based on critieria like this?
From what I see, timing is pretty much unimportant these days, style is appreciated (i.e. good comments) but not rewarded in marks, and crazy steps and tricks that aren't acutally Irish dance steps at all are what wins.
What would the Gaelic League think of all this?

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