From Boston to Galway to Philly for the Worlds!
IrishCentral.com caught up with Kiera Nee, of the Hession School of Irish Dance, after she competed in the first round of the heavy dancing for girls aged 12-13. In her hard dance shoes, Kiera performed a hornpipe.
Kiera’s two older sisters, Aisling and Tonia, are Irish dancers themselves. Aisling is 19 and is still involved with Irish dancing, while 21-year-old Tonia, who has danced since she was just six, has moved on to hip hop dancing. But staying true to her Irish dancing roots, her focus is still on the feet – she wants to be a podiatrist.
“It’s very different – everything is so much bigger here,” Kiera said.
The Nee girls all trained in America as well at the O’Shea Chapel School of Irish Dance in Boston. Their mother, Maeve, worked in elderly care in the famously Irish city, while their father was a painter.
The family moved back to Ireland in 2006, and Maeve says there were mixed emotions on their return to the Emerald Isle.
Things are different in Ireland, and more expensive, so it took a while for the family to readjust after the move. Kiera, especially, had a difficult time getting used to the change.