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It’s almost that time; time where everything else around me disappears and it’s just me, the lights, the stage, the costume, and my confidence. #3MoreWeeks is trending right now in the world of Irish Dancers and it’s all because of one, important upcoming competition.
The World Championships for the An Comhdhail Branch of Irish Dance is being held this April, at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Ireland. This is a competition that brings the best of the best from all around the world to compete against each other for the highest of honors. Just the opportunity to be invited to attend this competition, or what is known as a feiseanna, is an amazing accomplishment for some!
As stated in a previous blog post of mine, “What’s Your Passion”, Irish Step Dancing runs in my blood. I have been able to find something so moving, peaceful, and enjoyable within this type of dance that is something like I have never felt before; it’s my escape from the real world. The fact that finally, after 19 years of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears (literally), and a love for the art has finally paid off…it still puts me in awe every time the subject is brought up.
The past few months have been filled with training and practicing. Days and nights, no matter what time of day it may be have been dedicated to preparing for the championship. You have to make sure that if you want to even have ANY chance of even receiving a recall at the World’s, that you are working hard for it. You can’t just expect to go into this feis without putting any practice or time into your training. It takes both physical and mental training to ensure that you are in the best shape the day you dance.
The World Championships is something that is an honor to compete at. Girls and Boys from all around the world train year round for this opportunity of a lifetime. I am blessed that I will be attending the championship this year. It is something that I have truly been looking forward to for years now. I have been preparing for this chance of a lifetime for a long time. I have been working hard and know that when I walk on that stage, I will be able to say to myself that “No matter what happens, I know I have done my best”.
I am proud of the improvement I have made and know that when I walk out on that stage, the result won’t matter unless I am confident within myself and my dancing. I hold the power to what my result will be. So far, I am happy with the outcome. This doesn’t mean I don’t have more to improve upon, because I do! The message I am trying to address to you all is about inner strength. In order to succeed in life, we must know within our hearts that no matter the outcome, that we can say to ourselves that we have done all we can and our very best. It is important to believe in yourself and be confident in who you are and what it is you want to achieve. If you don’t contain these attributes, you will never be able to succeed or be truly happy in life. So remember, whether it be in school, work, or a competition, make everyday a new start and say “Today will be one of those days that I do my very best!”. I promise, you will go much farther, be more humble, and more content with how you are living your life and how life is treating you.