People of the internet: please join us in wishing Little Spirit Jessica Aquila Judge a happy birthday today!
Jess shares the same birthday with the OG Little Spirit, Helen Egan. She's also done something as a performer which is quite remarkable: she's crafted her own interpretation of the role which stands on its own two feet -- or hands, in this case -- as an incredibly compelling performance to watch.
The role of the Little Spirit has expanded since the original show; not only is she in more numbers, but the role now physically calls for gymnastics work and movements well outside anything taught in Irish dancing. Performers who have these skills and the acting ability to play the Little Spirit are rare, and Team Lord is blessed with an amazing perfect-storm combination in Jess.
For those of you who have watched the Dancelord TV livestreams over the last year, you've gotten to see and interact with Jess backstage while the show is on tour. In addition to being a phenomenal performer, she's also a fun, irreverent personality to hang out with.
In the last twenty-four years, there have been several notable performers who have played the role of the Little Spirit. Jess has an incredibly compelling take on the role -- that certain magnetism as a performer than you just can't take your eyes off of -- and as the show approaches its 25th anniversary year, if you haven't yet been exposed to her Little Spirit, now's the perfect time.
To help illustrate just how demanding the role is, we're showing something we filmed several months ago and held back for this moment: Jess Cam. See the movements as they look from her point of view as she performs them!
Please join us in wishing Team Lord's Little Spirit, Jess Judge, a happy birthday today!
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.