Gemma Cooper, 28
Instructor with dance troupe Celtic Soul
What’s unique about Irish dancing?
The discipline requires you to keep a stiff upper body. Traditionally, arms were kept by your side but shows like Riverdance have introduced a less rigid style.
Why is Dubai a good place to teach it?
Everyone wants to get fit, and with the mix of nationalities here, it’s easy to try things you may never have done in your home country. I have people from all over the world taking my JigFit classes.
What’s the best bit about what you do?
Performing with Celtic Soul. There is nothing that can equal the adrenaline you get from performing.
Talk us through your costumes?
For shows, we opt for more simple attire for effectiveness and co-ordination on stage. We got our Celtic Soul dresses made by a tailor in Satwa – I’m not sure if it had ever been tasked with making Irish dance costumes before!