Diary of the Dance


Lauren Walsh
Age 13
Monroe, NY

Tuesday, April 12
Today was our last soft shoe class before World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. This is my first time competing at World’s and I am extremely nervous. I have competed overseas majors before like the All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships but never World’s. I don’t know what to expect. Every dancer works so hard to do well at World’s. We all practice very hard every single day. Every dancer wants that world title.

Wednesday, April 13 Today is the day before I leave for World’s. Everything in my house is very hectic right now, packing and organizing my dance equipment. I have to make sure everything I need to dance with is packed, including my dress. I am supposed to be getting a new dress in Ireland. I am very nervous to see what it looks like. Tonight I have to make sure I practice, but not too hard. I don’t want to injure myself right before World’s.

Thursday, April 14 Today I am leaving for JFK Airport. I am so excited for World’s but very nervous! I am just happy that I made it to Ireland! A very small, select amount of dancers compete at World’s and I’m happy to be one of them.

Friday, April 15 I finally arrived in Ireland. The past day was chaotic, but I’m here in Dublin and my focus is dance. I am so tired – I’m not used to Irish time yet! Later I have to practice with any other Inishfree dancer that has arrived.

Saturday, April 16 I’m starting to get nervous about dancing on Monday. So many thoughts are crossing my mind. I’m worried something will go wrong when I’m on stage. Based on my dancing I am very confident. It all depends on the day though. Everybody has worked so hard to be here, and if one thing goes wrong to affect your results, it is such a disappointment.

Sunday, April 17 Today is the day before I dance. Today is also the start of all the competitions. I know a few people who are competing today, and I want to go and watch. I always try to support my friends with their dancing and I make sure I go watch them. Inishfree is one big team one big family. We are always there for each other.

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
Age 14
Croton, NY

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!