Monday, March 18, 2013

Irish Dancing on St. Patrick's Day


In January the girls were invited to join the sweet little girls in our local Catholic School to learn how to Irish Dance in preparation for a performance at our Parish St. Patrick's Day celebration!   They were taught by two dear women from Ireland each Tuesday afternoon for an hour.



After only just 9 lessons, they all did such a great job yesterday, in dresses made by their teacher, during each of the two separate performances - one early in the day following Mass and a second later in the afternoon.  Here are a few short videos:

Two-Hand Dance - 1st Performance:


Three-Hand Dance - 1st Performance: 


Three-Hand Dance - 2nd Performance:


The girls looked so cute up on that stage!  Sean missed the first dance (he went to an early Mass to stay home with some of our sick children during the late Mass and St. Patrick's Day Party), but he was able to come long enough to watch their 2nd performance!


The girls were also very excited that my mom, dad, and youngest brother came to watch as well.

 

  It was such a fun day and great experience for the girls!


19 comments:

  1. I love it! We used to live in Cincinnati where there were lots of little girl Irish dancers, but since we have moved away, it is a special treat to catch a performance. Your girls did a great job-- especially with such a short amount of time. 9 weeks to make all those costumes seems like a pretty amazing accomplishment as well!

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    1. I think their teacher made the costumes years ago, she also said the pins that were on the dresses were made by her father in Ireland at a company that is no longer there - I wish I had heard all of the story! She (their teacher) is also getting ready to go visit her 98 (i think) year old mother in Ireland next month!

      I have wanted to have the girls learn for years, but it isn't very common in our area either. This was such a blessing!

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    2. One of my visitors here actually sent the girls a box filled with all sorts of fun Irish Dancing things, including a dress! The girls asked to wear it, but their teacher really wanted to use the ones that she had already chosen for them (which are darling too). It will be fun for them to have at home for practicing!

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  2. Oh, yay!!! Can you hear me clapping? Great job girls, you look so pretty in the Irish dresses and you did the dance wonderfully!

    Thanks for sharing Jessica!

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    1. I did that at first, Jamie, but there were some of my regular commenters who were no longer able to comment. I am actually still having a couple people tell me that they can't comment, even with the word verification. Spam comments are so frustrating!

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    2. My anonymous people started emailing me instead. Just a thought...I know it's not the same. I just don't understand that whole Spam stuff, useless, it's like practical jokers who see no reward.

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  4. What fun! They did a wonderful job! I would love for my 6 and 4 year old granddaughters to learn but it would require long drives to the big city! They love to watch Irish Dancing-I'll have to show them these videos.

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    1. Thanks Jan! If these hadn't been close to home we wouldn't have been able to do it either.

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  5. I love the Irish dancing videos! I was watching them with my girls, and my 14-month-old cheered and clapped and giggled the whole time. I think next time she gets crabby when I'm trying to make dinner, I'll just have her siblings replay the videos for her to keep her happy. :-)

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    1. Aw! My girls will love to hear that! :)

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  6. Great stuff. Just been to see a wonderful Irish traditional band - Craobh Rua (crave roo-ah). I love being half a paddy!

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    1. I used to do Irish dancing as a child. It was so much fun. I think I was lucky as the Riverdance and Lord of the Dance craze had not long taken off.

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  7. They look beautiful -- and so focused! They have learned so much in 9 lessons! Thanks for sharing these videos!

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  8. I love the dresses. They are old fashioned traditional Irish dancing dresses. The kind we wore for feis when we were little. We were always taught the dance was to keep the tradition alive - and for fun. (We still get out and dance at family weddings and parties.) Ever since Riverdance, it has turned into too much fuss with wigs and over the top dresses. They did a lovely job. What fun for them to have the opportunity.

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    1. Aren't the dresses darling! I loved them! And I also loved that we had so many sisters in the group of girls, all paired and dancing together. My girls have been practicing at home and dancing for anyone that comes over! They really have been having so much fun! I wish I would have been able to upload a few more of the videos, including the girls who all danced last year doing the 8 hand dance together, but it took me since last night (over an hour a video) to upload these three.

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  9. Ok, so when will we be seeing the videos of the "Three Irish Trebles"?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? :) Your boys would be great!!!!!

    The girls look so cute and they clearly were having a really wonderful time!!! Bravi!!!

    Nearly done with the papal lapbook now! Just some coloring still to finish and then DONE! It's been fun - a lot of work, but worth it!!!!


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