Diary of the Dance
Four young step dancers from the Inishfree School of Irish Dance share their diary entries from World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin this past April.
Before I went to bed early, I stopped at the awards ceremony to see how everyone did. there I saw Michael Flatley, “The Lord of the Dance.” I left awards to go pick up my new dress. I was relieved to see it, it was beautiful.
Monday, April 18 Today is the day I dance. Right now it is 5:30 am and I am getting ready to meet my teacher in my ballroom to do my wig and makeup. I’m nervous but so excited!
Mary Kate DiChiara
In nursery school, my class put on a St. Patrick’s Day show and we all learned and performed a jig. The teacher told my mother I was a natural and that she should look into Irish dance for me. 10 years later...I'm still at it! I love dance so much and love to perform in front of people. I am really looking forward to dancing in the girls under 15 competition, one of the biggest and toughest competitions.
Tuesday April 12, 2011: Went to my last Tuesday class before World’s! Getting excited, only 6 more days!
Wednesday April 13: No class tonight, but practiced 3 hours on my own! Getting a little stressed with school work (have to make up for missing 3 days of school) and flying out tomorrow night!
Thursday April 14: Leaving for World’s tonight! Can’t wait to get there!
Friday April 15: Finally arrived in Dublin! Not that nervous actually, more excited to perform on the big stage! Practiced today by the Liffey river!
Saturday April 16: Very tired, guess I have jet lag. Only 3 days until I dance! Practicing at 5 with Colleen and Sean.
Sunday April 17: Starting to sink in that I’m actually here at World’s! I’ve been dancing ten years for this and it’s finally paid off! I’ve been working so hard and I hope I do good! Practiced again.
Monday April 18: Dancing tomorrow. This is INSANE! There are so many people here at the hotel! Michael Flatley showed up to the awards ceremony! I really don’t feel nervous, I’m just so excited to be up on stage and dancing! Had my final practice today! Hope I can get some sleep tonight...have to be up at 5:30 tomorrow!
Tuesday April 19: Wow...what a day! It was a lot of fun meeting people backstage from around the world as we waited on line to dance. Leaving tomorrow . Have a couple of days off and then back to work for nationals in 72 days! So happy for Paige! I was pleased with how I danced, hopefully I’ll be off to Belfast next year!
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