Rochester Irish Dance
Every time I return to a picture, or replay a memory over in my mind of the Oireachtas my spirit fills with the same joy that I shared with nine families Thanksgiving weekend while in Philadelphia. The feelings are so strong because of the incredible level of intensity these girls poured into their dancing. The intensity so high, the passion so strong because fearlessly they put every ounce of energy into their performance. Taking witness to the product of such devotion goes well beyond the awe of artistic performance or astonishment of athletic capacity; it is soulful. It is this passion-fueled drive that touches in a spiritual way to all who observe it, where goosebumps and tears are the tangible signs you have been engulfed in the experience in communion with them. The passion in my heart is right alongside them, and yes, I still cry every time I watch the award ceremony video. These girls were training in class four, sometimes five nights a week, pushing together beyond every barrier of their mind and realizing they are limitless.. As we draft our goals I buzz with excitement for the future, I see a world of limitless possibilities and 120 students to explore it with.