Irish dance falls and fails

One of my biggest fears is that I’ll bite it on stage.

There’s this one part of the “King of the Fairies” traditional set where you stand still, right foot planted, and brush the left foot out, over the right, back out and then behind — but it’s practically in slow motion in contrast with the dance’s otherwise quick movement. I nearly fell over the first time I performed that step on stage, so I’m somewhat scarred.

But we all take tumbles on the dance floor, forget the steps or run face-first into a fellow feis competitor. There’s no reason to be ashamed. To remind myself that I’m not alone in my clumsiness, I sometimes find comfort in knowing others stumble, too.

Here are a few funny falls and fails by Irish dancers. Hope all the dancers came out of the experience without getting hurt!

Rough start, solid recovery:

Not so much a dancer fail as it is a motor scooter blooper:

This is an actual contest?

These dancers are unbelievably talented. Fast forward to 1:06 to see the first take of this video, which features a pretty epic fail:

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