St. Patrick's Day Irish Dance Show Recap

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03.24.10

I have never been so busy on St. Patrick’s Day! The Shelley Irish Dance Company was booked for five shows on St. Patrick’s Day last week! At 8:00 AM we met at the studio to carpool. We did an Irish dance presentation for three elementary schools in South Jordan, Bluffdale and Cedar Hills.

We performed four group dances and taught the kids about Irish traditions and customs. The kids even got a beginner lesson in Irish dance. My favorite part was watching a group of at nearly 300 students jump on their toes all together. It was quite a sight!

We then took a pizza break at the studio. We goofed off and took a lot of entertaining photos. After a short time, we headed to downtown Salt Lake to mark our 16-hand dance at The Energy Solutions Arena for the Utah Jazz Half-Time show later that night. We were able to watch some NBA players warming up for the game. It was exciting!

After taking another food break, we piled into the vans and headed to The Rose Wagner Theatre. This is where things got a little tight. The plan was to be back for the half-time show by 7:30. Our show at Rose Wagner started at 7:00 PM. So all our stuff was louded into the vans before the Rose Wagner show, and immediately following the performance we squished a large amount of girls still in solo dresses and ghillies, into two vans.

Since the parking downtown can be impossible, we were dropped off in front of the Arena. As we dashed to the entrance some of the girls heard people calling out, “Look! Leprechauns!” I imagine that’s exactly what we looked like!

The half-time show went great. It was incredible rush to dance for nearly 20,000 people. Overall it was a really exciting day, but we were all extremely tired as it came to an end. However, even though doing five shows completely wore me out, I’d do it all again in a second. I love St. Patricks Day!

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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