I am 25 years old and have been dancing for 21 years in the mid-atlantic region. I stopped for a few years in college, but before I stopped, I had reached championship level.

So now I find myself in the awkward position of coming back into a level of competition where no one else stopped dancing. My stamina is down, my turnout... well, that was never that great to begin with. So I have a lot of work cut out for me.

Let the journey begin.

 

winning-london:

aethareal:

Pictures of yesterday’s Ceili dancers!

Photo source: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Our babies in the green! They medaled and this is their first time doing ceili! Most of them are only 7 or 8 :)

Wow. Amazing photography.

http://fairy-reel.tumblr.com/post/83137592671/lemon-lark-lemon-lark-i-just-walked-into-my

lemon-lark:

lemon-lark:

lemon-lark:

I JUST WALKED INTO MY ROOM AND PUT DOWN MY STUFF FOR A SECOND AND NOTICED A HUGE ASS WASP WAS CRAWLING ON MY PILLOW WHAT DO I DO I JUST RAN OUT OF MY ROOM AND LEFT EVERYTHING INSIDE I HAVE TO POST THIS FROM MOBLE JESUS CHRIST WTF HOW DID IT GET IN MY HOUSEE HOW DO…

I wish I had a significant other that was less afraid of bugs than me but the problem is I’m not afraid of bugs. I have eaten Bacon Cheese Crickets. A bee has landed on me and I just kinda let it crawl until it flew away. Hell, I’ve even had my friends pet tarantula sleep on my shoulder while we watched the first lord of the rings movie. but wasps…. wasps are THE ONLY INSECT THAT HAS EVER BITTEN OR STUNG ME EVER AN IT WAS FOR NO GOOD REASON I WAS LITERALLY READING A BOOK OUTSIDE BY THE GARDEN AND IT JUST CAME OVER AND STUNG ME LIKE A DOUCHEBAG.

Bluhhhhhh, they just move too fast. Spiders don’t really bother me, bugs in general aren’t that bad… But honestly, what freaks me out the worst? There’s these centipedes called Silverfish. And they. Are. TERRIFYING. Also, wasps and yellow jackets because I’m allergic to them.

sophietheirishdancer:

London and London 🌎✨
Special photo credits to Jimmy McNulty, the Irish Post (Getty images), and whoever took the gymnastic photos. And please comment if I need to give others any credit for there work! I always want to make sure that each persons work is credited 😄

lemon-lark:

lemon-lark:

I JUST WALKED INTO MY ROOM AND PUT DOWN MY STUFF FOR A SECOND AND NOTICED A HUGE ASS WASP WAS CRAWLING ON MY PILLOW WHAT DO I DO I JUST RAN OUT OF MY ROOM AND LEFT EVERYTHING INSIDE I HAVE TO POST THIS FROM MOBLE JESUS CHRIST WTF HOW DID IT GET IN MY HOUSEE HOW DO I GET MY STUFF

I HAVE GOTTEN NO HELP ITS STULL FUCKING UP THERE AND I CANT GET MY SKETCHBOOK OR MY LAPTOP BECAUSE OF A GODDAMN WASP HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE NOW I CAN NEVER SLEEP IN MY BED AGAIN

A prerequisite for any significant other in my book is that they are not afraid to kill/dispose of any insectoid/arachnid creature that gives me the heebie jeebies

sheerimperfection:

therisingstep:

Poodle sock elephant!!
I said….
POODLE SOCK ELEPHANT!!!!
Brilliant.

SHMERGABERG I WANT ONE

Waaaaaaant

sheerimperfection:

therisingstep:

Poodle sock elephant!!

I said….

POODLE SOCK ELEPHANT!!!!

Brilliant.

SHMERGABERG I WANT ONE

Waaaaaaant

cosplayadoration:

Hocus Pocus. / Costumes: Castle Corsetry / Models: Birds of Play as Winifred and Sarah Sanderson, Chrissy Lynn as Mary Sanderson & Strange Like That Cosplay as Billy Butcherson / Photographer: Joits Photography 

This is the most impressive fucking cosplay that I have ever seen. Ever.

When I hear Irish music and I’m not at a feis or listening to my iPod:

victorian-porcelain-doll:

So, around st Patrick’s day, I woke up and heard a treble reel coming from the other room. Incredibly confused, I lept out of bed, and found my boy friend’s kids watching The Luck Of The Irish. Simultaneously the best and worst movie ever.

spartanrace:

On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

that-redhaired-lass:

I was feeling motivated from all these worlds pics so I decided to really bust my butt practicing. After two hours I was feeling a bit discouraged so I stepped outside to cool off/clear my head. I happened to look down and find not one, but TWO four leaf clovers right in front of me. If that isn’t a sign then I don’t know what is. 🍀🍀

that-redhaired-lass:

I was feeling motivated from all these worlds pics so I decided to really bust my butt practicing. After two hours I was feeling a bit discouraged so I stepped outside to cool off/clear my head. I happened to look down and find not one, but TWO four leaf clovers right in front of me. If that isn’t a sign then I don’t know what is. 🍀🍀

Boyfriend: what are you looking at?
Me: world’s results. It’s in London this year- wish I could have gone.
Bf: where is it next year?
Me: Montreal. I’ll probably drive up there to see it. I’ve never seen the worlds before.
Bf: well… What do they do? Is it the same as that other one we went to? (The oireachtas)
Me: well… Yeah… But bigger… And more… Idk, you’d have to be a dancer

willbeinprelim:

ted:

Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

We need to get Jane one of these…

Crying.

bella-clarabel:

aethareal:

Pics from this week
All images from Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Gorgeous pic of my little princess Niamh at her first Worlds