A few weeks ago we were in California for the North American Nationals Irish Dance competition held in Anaheim. We actually extended our stay out in California and made it a summer trip. Miss P has been preparing for months for this competition. She qualified when she placed at the “O” in November.
We really prepped the trip by making it seem like it was just a family trip to make it less pressure or stressful for her. We wanted for her to have fun and enjoy the experience. I really admire Miss P, because at her age, I could never be as poised as she is when she is on that stage.
There were 129 dancers in her competition. She had to dance two dances, the Slow Jig and the Reel. Only half of the competitors will get a recall. So only 65 dancers would get the recall. Miss P placed 20th! When we heard her name we couldn’t contain our excitement for her. She then had to dance a traditional set to get an overall placement. She decided to dance the Job of Journeywork. She had never danced this on stage before , so we really had no idea on how she would do. After she danced, we chilled for a bit and waited for the awards.
I am telling you the Irish know how to party. There was a band that played before the awards and the kids loved it. It really helped with the anxiousness we were all feeling at that point. It was a long long day and we were all ready to just release some energy.
Awards were amazing! Our dear Miss P placed 36th! We are so unbelievably proud of her. Way to go my Irish dancer! Upward and onward. She really is a perfect example of how hard work and never giving up pays off. She was just happy she could go, for her placing was just the added bonus. What I love about her the most was she doesn’t dwell on whether she places or not. She is already on the next goal, next practice or next adventure. Good attitude my girl.