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Exam Results and Irish Dance

Exam Results and Irish Dance

Me: “My exams are over now so I’ll actually do some blogging!” Also me: doesn’t even plug computer in for a week Well. I didn’t mean to leave it more than two weeks before following up on my last post, but sadly the post-exam period brought with it a nasty migraine that meant I couldn’t face looking at screens, and even though that’s mostly gone now, I’ve still been completely unmotivated. On the plus side, I’ve read quite a few…

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Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

Lost Potential and Abandoned Dreams

For those who aren’t aware, I used to be a competitive Irish dancer. (I’ve written about it before here. And here. And in other places. ) Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement. I wasn’t the kind of competitive Irish dancer who is at a feis (competition) every weekend, has a huge elaborate curly wig and a dress costing thousands of pounds that seem mostly to have been spent on finding the grossest combination of neon with Swarovski crystals. I…

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (1/2)

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (1/2)

I just got back from watching Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the London Palladium. I treated myself to a ticket because, hey, I felt like it, and headed up there this afternoon to go see a show that’s had a fairly major impact on my life over the last five years. Unfortunately, my review of it got really long, so I’m splitting it into two posts just to save your eyesight. This is part one: in which Miriam…

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Once, I was an Irish dancer…

Once, I was an Irish dancer…

There are two things I learned today: That voice you get in the back of your head that makes sarky comments whenever you’re doing something stupid or ill-advised? Mine sounds like Crowley from Supernatural, and it’s actually fairly worrying. My subconscious is the king of hell. Who’d have thought it? My cycling muscles are in nothing like the condition they were in three years ago. As fascinating as item (1) is, item (2) provides a great deal more opportunity for…

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I Answer Your Questions!

I Answer Your Questions!

This is a response to the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain prompt. All of the details for this month’s chain can be found here including the list of other participants. There were some great entries last month so please check them out for November too! (Clicking the image below will lead you back to the Blog Chain home) The prompt was “What are the wackiest, funniest, most disturbing search terms anyone has ever used to find your blog?” This…

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Time Should Not Be Rewritten

Time Should Not Be Rewritten

Most people wish that time travel existed. Wait, let me correct that. Almost everyone has wished, at some point in their life, that time travel existed. Who wouldn’t? Even if it’s just something stupid, like you missed the bus and wish you’d moved that little bit faster, or you forgot something and wanted to go back and remind yourself to take it with you. And sometimes you really wish there was a way you could talk to yourself in the…

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Lord Of The Dance, Live At The 02

Lord Of The Dance, Live At The 02

On Wednesday 3rd November I went to see Lord of the Dance, which was showing at the 02 Arena in London (among other places). For those of you that don’t know, this was a special return-of-Michael-Flatley sort of show, so there was quite a lot of hype about it. Personally, I find Michael Flatley rather annoying, but it can’t be denied that his feet are … well, incredibly fast, that’s all I’m going to say. I was excited because I…

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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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