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Still Dancing To The Same Tunes

Still Dancing To The Same Tunes

I like to think I’ve changed in the last four years. I’ve been through a lot, grown up a lot; I’ve got qualifications to my name and a couple of poetry collections under my belt. I write better novels than I did in 2010. I do ballet, not Irish dancing. Yep, I used to be a competitive Irish dancer, for those who haven’t been around this blog long enough to remember that. It was a strange period of my life….

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Dancer

Dancer

**I don’t know if anyone has seen the AnaheimBallet channel on YouTube, but they’re basically a ballet weekly podcast. I’m thinking of setting up an I-D version. If I had one of their ‘dancer profiles’, perhaps this is what I would say.** Hi, I’m Miriam, and I dance with the Courtney McMahon School of Irish Dance. I don’t compete much but I take classes three times a week, and practice regularly. I guess you could say it’s become a habit,…

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Feis Report: First Kelley O’Boyle Open Feis

Feis Report: First Kelley O’Boyle Open Feis

Well, it was pretty hectic, yet we seemed to wait around forever before it started! They had to wait for the U14 Preliminary Championship results to be read out so that my lot could start, seeing as I’m in U14 and that. Shows what I was up against if half the people I was competing against were in Championships. Anyway, first up was the Primary Reel, and there were only two of us. Never mind, guaranteed trophy, though it means…

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20 Questions With An Irish Dancer…

20 Questions With An Irish Dancer…

To be updated as soon as the rest of the questions are here! 1) Why do you wear wigs? Isn’t your natural hair good enough? Thanks, ‘Elorie’, that’s a great question to start with! I personally don’t really like the wigs, because they’re strange and they bounce up and down. However, it comes from some stupid tradition that Irish girls used to have curly hair, and twenty years ago everyone had to curl their hair. Unfortunately, sleeping with curlers in…

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The Crawley Irish Festival

The Crawley Irish Festival

First of all, what you’ve all been waiting for–the feis results. Okay, then, here you go: Primary Reel – 2nd Primary Light Jig – 1st Primary Slip Jig – 1st Primary Hop Jig – 2nd Primary Heavy Jig – 1st Primary Hornpipe – 1st Trophy Reel – 3rd Treble Reel – 2nd Ha ha, seems good, doesn’t it? But look more carefully. You see, all of them except the Trophy Reel were only out of 2 people (although for the…

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