'We look like Christmas trees with these wigs!'
Hanging out with the girls backstage
Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:28 PM
Updated Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:28 PM
The Under 13 Minor Ceili group from Goggin - Carroll School of
Irish Dance in Toronto Canada
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As ceili dancers take to the stage in the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, eight young girls from Toronto, Canada are deep in chat.
"If I could go anywhere in the world to dance it would have to be Ireland," says Siobhan O'Brien. "I've just always wanted to go there," she adds with a fierce smile.
"Well," interrupts Erica Coleman, "it's where Irish dance originates so it would be just great to dance there."
All eight girls nod.
Like most of the 6,000 young dancers in Philadelphia for the World Irish Dance Championships this week these eight Canadian girls - who are aged between 10 and 12 were inspired to dance after seeing Riverdance.
"I love Michael Flatley and Jean Butler," smiles Nieve Brosnan whose mother hails from Co. Dublin.
"And we have the best Irish Dance teacher in the world. His mane is Ryan Carroll and I want to be like him," says Erica Kollman.
Only one of the eight girls has been to visit Ireland and she "really loved all the sights" and "all the green grass."
Alana Kearney's dad Martin is from Co. Limerick. "I love Ireland and can't wait to go back again," she said.
As the girls, who have been dancing together for two years, waited patiently for their number (48) to be called to the main hall, they told IrishCentral.com that although they enjoy all the glamour they would much prefer not to have to wear a wig.