Follow Your Dream, Day #332: To Dance With the Greatest

The photo attached to today's journal entry is a never-before-seen picture of Dark Lord Zoltan Papp dueling the man himself, Michael Flatley.

Let's talk about the long road it took to get to this photograph.

Zoltan is Hungarian. He started dancing other forms of dance at the age of eight. Didn't come to Irish dance until he was in his early twenties -- an age by which most competitive Irish dancers have retired.

Remember the making-of video for Celtic Tiger? The vignette on Zoltan, dancing in front of his home crowd in Budapest? That young, amazingly talented modern dancer in the red ballcap? That was 2005. Zoltan was in his mid-twenties by that point.

It's now fifteen years later. Zoltan's in his early forties. His birthday is coming up soon. He's now the senior dance captain for Lord of the Dance; the de facto fitness specialist and drill sergeant for the troupe, he pulls off moves that dancers half his age wouldn't even attempt.

Michael Flatley refers to Zoltan simply as the Master.

If a Hungarian kid who starts Irish dancing in his twenties can become the Dark Lord in a billion-dollar dance show and earn the privilege of dueling Michael onstage, what can you do if you put your mind to it?

Nothing is impossible.


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