Monday, July 25, 2016

Dance Forever

Language of music
As you may or may not know, Irish Dance is a huge part of our lives; our goal is to be involved, part of our grand-daughters' lives.  Lily and Clara have been taking lessons for years, participating in wild Irish dance competitions, known as a Fe'is (fesh).

When our girls were only five, they wore the school uniform for beginning dancers, a white blouse and blue kilt. Most of the time white blouses were partially tucked in and kilt sagged down beneath child tummies.

So proud, they were so proud and so eager.  Little girls were lined up, feet almost in the right position.  Clara picked her nose a few times and Lily sent a smile that lit up our world. There was always a red head giggling and pinching girls next to her.

Now, years later--maybe six years later--each stands with feet "turned out", posture straight and hands tucked it.  White blouse and blue kilt have evolved through an official school uniform ($350) for novice dancers, with hard shoes (same price).

Then their costumes became elegant, enough for a princess.  Some uniforms became hideous in day-glow colors.  But OUR girls has a mother who can sew up a storm.

Lily still glows with her smile, now with braces.  Clara no longer picks her nose while in line, and believe me, we watch for that.

It is an amazing experience to be surrounded by talented dancers and Irish music. Other little girls evolved as well, into Champion dancers. Those young ladies fly through the air, truly fly.  Long legs make impossibly high kicks, while long hair follows music and dance.

What happens after High School, after most dancers leave to pursue careers somewhere, doing something? Will they still dance?  Will they teach other little children in blue and white?

Without us all knowing, these talented dancers now teach school or are doctors.  But, Irish dance is never packed away in a closet, forgotten.

From YouTube entitled "UPS Driver gets jiggy after receiving a gift.

Where did he study dance?  When did he study dance? He remembers the steps and such!

Here is another example.  In Ireland at a wedding reception, clearing the floor for dancing takes on new meaning.  



Groom and his guests (all ages) dance.  Obviously there's a ringer.

Other young adults join a dance team, and appear at Dublin Airport.

A flash mob in Dublin Airport from a dance troupe, "Take the Floor."

Feet never forget, legs perform the impossible, and a doctor becomes a dancer once again. We hope this for Lily and Clara.





22 comments:

  1. Hopefully your granddaughters continue with their dancing.
    I wonder if that UPS guy knew he was on camera?

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    1. You know, I am not sure. The camera is a home security camera. But if he knew about it, I think he would wave or something.

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  2. Those are great! The UPS driver gave the gift giver a little gift in return. ;) My son watched the wedding with me. He loved it. We both did. Now we're off to camp. Have a fabulous day!

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    1. Enjoy the camping! We had such fun with that when our kids were still kids.

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  3. Oh, the feet. A heart lifter this morning.

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    1. So fast, aren't they! my gr-daughters just wrapped up dance camp, and had blisters. But loved it. Need new shoes, which seems to be part of this growing up.

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  4. Even if they don't continue dancing, it will carry over into their lives. I took tap, no doubt related to Irish dance, and still remember some steps and the good times I had.

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    1. Dance establishes a work ethic, requires commitment. Tap will always be there.

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  5. The UPS guy sure was a happy camper. Great to watch kids advance, grow and learn more...and stop nose picking in line lol

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    1. Clara has developed sneaky nose-picking methods.

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  6. Awww.
    And I love that muscle memory keeps dancing to the fore...

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    1. Muscles somehow hang onto those movements!

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  7. Glad they got into something they enjoyed. Are there adult dance organizations where they can keep it up?

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    1. There are! I don't know much about those, but they are around.

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  8. I'm intrigued by the girls in the airport flash mob. Not one got smacked under the chin by bouncing boobs, so whatever type of bra they wear, I want one!

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    1. I'm guessing that all that dancing slims down the body and sports bras do the rest.

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  9. Hi Susan - wish I could dance .. but I do love watching a good dancer .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm good at toe tapping and clapping, but that's about the extent of my dancing.

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  10. I tried Irish dancing when I was young. Growing up in an Irish/Italian neighborhood in New York, you either danced or sang.

    Wouldn't it be nice if your grandchildren, when they grow up, passed along their love of Irish dancing to their children.

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    1. I am thinking that they will carry on their Irish heritage. The Kane family has deep roots in Ireland.

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  11. Our daughter's a dancer, ballet and tap. Her interest is starting to fade a little as other things (music) take precedence. But as with you for your granddaughters, I hope it will always be a part of her life on some level.

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    1. As other Irish dancers grow up, all those other HS activities and boy friends factor into their lives. But, some continue the dance.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!