How Irish dancing holds key to confidence for children
'When you stand on stage, it gives you confidence'
Doherty reckons that it was dancing that gave him an extra edge when he arrived in England as a teenager. “It gave me confidence as a shy person.” A lot of his dance students were accepted into colleges like Oxford and Cambridge, he adds.
There’s certainly no sign of teenage slouching at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Boys and girls alike stand up straight and walk proudly. Shona Fahy, 11, is from Limerick. She doesn’t feel at all nervous. “You get to dance on the world stage. It’s fun,” she says.
Moira Kramp, also 11, and from Chicago, sums it up after getting through to the next round of her contest. “It feels really good to know you’re one of the best dancers in the world. It’s really cool. It feels awesome.”