I was laying poolside at the Anaheim Sheraton on 4th of July this year when all the perks of Irish dancing made themselves apparent. Without Irish dancing, I would have most likely not found myself in California for a long time, never mind with some of my lifelong friends.
On Sunday evening, it was announced that our team had won first place at Nationals. Of course, we were thrilled. But it was the celebrations that went on to the early hours of the morning amongst the team, other McLoughlin students, friends and families that was perhaps the most fun.
Competition can sometimes bring out the ugly parts of people, but I’m happy to say Irish dancing on the whole has brought about some of the nearest and dearest friendships I’ll ever know.