Posted 02 April 2002 - 09:41 AM
People often make assumptions -- they may just assume that all Irish dancers are from Irish backgrounds, as though being named "McCarthy" automatically gives you fast feet So saying, "But you don't look Irish!" doesn't necessarily mean they think it's wrong for you to be doing it, but just that they're surprised that someone who isn't Irish is taking Irish dance classes.
Give it a try -- I'll bet they're nice. If they're not, glare at them and say, "I come from a long line of McGillicuddies" and then dance better than they do
Posted 02 April 2002 - 04:50 PM
I run an annual feis for our dance school. I register every competitor so I get to see all their names. We had almost 500 competitors this year. MANY weren't Irish. There were Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Saudi Arabian, and African American competitors among the many backgrounds. People who worked at our stages and various booths included someone from the Phillipines, Japan, and India. Many, MANY of our students aren't of Irish descent. What everyone has in common is a love of Irish dance.
Posted 03 April 2002 - 06:27 AM
Posted 03 April 2002 - 08:26 AM
I think you should just go for it!!!!! If you've got a passion for it and you love it, don't let anything stop you!!! I've done irish dancing, and i'm Welsh, so just go for it!
Posted 03 April 2002 - 09:16 PM
Posted 12 April 2002 - 04:57 PM
On the other hand, my fair-haired freckled-nosed dancing daughter studied Arnis (Phillopino Stick Fighting) until she became too busy with her dance studies, and was a Junior Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!
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