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Follow Your Dream, Day #417: More Thunder, More Lightning

Who's ready for a #FridayFlashback ultra-rare fan bootleg? This time we're bringing you Thunder and Lightning, starring Bernadette Flynn and Leigh Ann McKenna!

Thunder and Lightning is an interesting number. It's an evergreen fan favorite, even though it only appeared in one iteration of the show -- the Feet of Flames World Tour -- and then disappeared. Of all the numbers that have come and gone from the show over the decades, Thunder and Lightning -- by far -- gets the most requests to be brought back. It may have something to do with the fact that it's a dedicated hardshoe number for the girls, as well as a heightened level of tension between Saoirse and Morrighan; like Hell's Kitchen, in Thunder and Lightning you have the good girl and the bad girl, along with their factions, dueling it out onstage.

We've already posted to social media the version from the Gold video, so you can see it in higher quality. This is a rare fan bootleg -- because when we polled you earlier, literally *everyone* responded positively to the idea of seeing more rare bootlegs -- but it's also a somewhat special bootleg, because it's edited together from multiple cameras. The editing was done by James Stevens, an original member of the Lord of the Dance VB from the 90's, who today works as a professional editor.

This fan bootleg is fun for a couple of reasons. First, you can never get enough Leigh Ann McKenna. That's just a fact. You can count on one hand the number of female Irish dancers who have played Team Lord's bad girl in a commercial video release, and Leigh Ann has a unique claim to fame here: in every other iteration of the show, the bad girl is Morrighan the Temptress. In this version of the show, the bad girl is Cleopatra. The choreography is different, the music is different, and some of the numbers, such as Stolen Kiss, are *very* different.

Second, this is the only publicly available video footage of Bernadette dancing in Thunder and Lightning. It's a sassy, strong, high octane hardshoe number, and you can see just how much fun she's having out there. Saoirse isn't just all grace and beauty; she has fire and steel in her, and you get to see that on display in this number.

Will Thunder and Lightning ever make a comeback? Who knows? But one thing is for certain:

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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