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Monday, December 13, 2010

We can dance if we want to....

On Sunday we spent all day over in Santa Fe for Miranda's Irish dance Christmas Feis (Fesh, a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival) This was her first time actually performing on a stage and although I do see Hannah Montana and ICarly dance routines in our house regularly, I was interested to see how this was going to go down in front of a real audience. My fears proved to be unjustified and after her first jig she was unstoppable, even practising some steps whilst waiting for her next call. This meant a lot to me because when you look around the hall at the other dancers not on stage, they are all still moving their feet and jumping around, seriously they cant stand still, and I think this gave her a certain amount of confidence to go ahead and try to be like them.
Miranda has been attending The Celtic Gold Academy in Garden Grove for some time now and the teacher and owner, Miss Doireann runs a tight ship. All parents must stay in a front waiting room for the hour of class so I don't really get to see how much Miranda is learning or how well she may be doing. I do see her perform at home and I know she is definitely learning something but when Sunday came and I seen her on a stage I knew the monthly fee was going to good use. To see her up their gave me a huge sense of pride. She danced magnificently and had no problem being in front of an audience. I would love to see her in more competitions and I think this feis gave her a taste for it.
She ended up coming home with three medals and although this was not an official nationwide or even worldwide competition those medals haven't left her side since Sunday. I can tell she's proud and she deserves to be in my opinion.

 A little bit of a Zoolander look.

 Pointing that toe.

 Working with the boss, Miss Doireann.

Mr Quinn who endured a whole day watching sister perform.

Miranda and two of her class friends watching the older kids on stage.

 Mr Claus again.

Miranda doing the six hand, a dance where dancers are chosen at random so older kids can end up dancing with the little ones.

The costumes looked amazing and can run from $850 used to $2000 new

So proud of her!!!


  1. LOVE it! How fun, how cute - I'm proud of her too!

  2. Yay! It was a 5-hr day, but so worth the time, effort and energy to bring us and all our stuff there and watch the festivities and see how Miranda reacted to it all. We are definitely making the right decision to involve ourselves in this world - Miranda is truly in her element. I also wish we had pix of how GORGEOUS some of the official costumes were...although pricy, I cannot believe how ornate, colorful and sparkly they were. We're going to have to get used to the investment as they're incredible.