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It Takes A Village To Raise An Irish Dancer



Ally Giannini is an Open Champion dancer for the Lenihan School of Irish Dance as well as a student at Fairfield University. She loves keeping updated on all things Irish Dance. For more from Ally, follow her on twitter @ally_geeniee019.

Screen shot 2014-04-10 at 9.43.05 AMne of my favorite Irish Dance memories occurred last year during the World Championships. I was sitting in the coffee shop on my college campus with a friend watching the live results of the Minor Ceili competition. I was very excited because my school had a team that had recalled and their points were coming in very well. I was texting all the older dancers in my school at the same time. We were so excited because those were our babies. We helped them fix their lines in their 8-hand and taught them how to put their tiaras on straight. In the moment that they became World Medal Holders, it was a victory for the whole school.

One of the most beautiful things about Irish Dance that I have talked about previously is the friendships you make. (Read it here: Friendships In Irish Dance.) To extend that even further, I would describe an Irish Dance school as a small (or large depending on the size of your school) village. We work together to make our dancers’s dreams come through by fundraising and by always keeping things fun with parties and showcases. With the World Championships almost here, it is beautiful to see this sort of village spirit in my own dance school and across social media in other dance schools.

It is so important to keep this in mind, especially as an older dancer, because everything that you do has a meaning. The way that you speak to younger dancers has a direct impact on the spirit of the school. Parents are also incredibly important to this equation. Without Feis moms and dads, I don’t know if I would have been able to ever make it on the stage over the years. Of course our teachers are the center of our villages. They organize everything and teach us so much about dance and about life as well. To those of you going off to the Worlds this coming week, good luck and remember those who have helped you along the way. You are never alone, even on stage for your set piece. To those who are staying home next week, your job is just as important as those who are dancing on the stage.

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