Today is Halfway to St. Patrick's Day, which this year is also being celebrated within the #IrishDance community for the first time as #InternationalIrishDanceDay. To mark the occasion, we've put together a fun #LordOfTheDance montage video, featuring greeting messages from Lord of the Dance Matt Smith and Lord of the Dance Cathal Keaney!
Commercial #IrishDancing -- the genre of entertainment pioneered by our creator, Michael Flatley, with his art form atop #IrishDance -- is a global phenomenon that shows no sign of slowing down. Globally, it is one of the most easily recognized dance forms, beloved by all ages and cultures. The world is a very uncertain place right now thanks to Covid-19, and the arts are especially vulnerable to such disruption -- ironic considering that it's that very same disruption which provokes tremendous *demand* for the arts -- but while the pandemic may have temporarily brought all touring shows to a halt, we can still entertain you digitally from our homes to yours.
For the Irish dancers reading this: stay focused. Keep practicing. We find ourselves -- or find ourselves lacking -- when tested. If the dream is inside you, nothing will stop you.
For the general public reading this: there *is* a light at the end of the tunnel. The last six months may have felt like six years, but this too shall pass. And when it does, Team Lord will be there once again to entertain you.
Raise a Guinness and let's be #UnitedThroughDance -- we're halfway to St. Patrick's Day!
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.