Get Your Pistol Squat!
Being able to perform Pistol Squats is a great indication of how strong and mobile your body is. The ankle mobility and stability required is often a huge weak point, lack of which is one of the main causes of injury.
A good amount of hip internal rotation is also needed, which again, is very often a factor in pain and hip problems among dancers!
On top of that; the balance, strength and control involved in pistol squats, demonstrates a level of strength Irish Dancers NEED to possess if they want to be performing optimally.
If you’re asking your body to continually propel itself off the floor, and withstand the impact of bodyweight plus gravity when landing… You must have the strength present to tolerate it!