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Follow Your Dream, Day #472: Feet of Flames

#FeetOfFlames is the largest #IrishDance spectacle in the world, built for stadiums. And the epicenter of the show is the titular dance solo which occurs near the end of the show: the Feet of Flames solo.

The Feet of Flames solo is the most high-profile Irish dance solo in the world. It has been performed live to sold-out stadiums packed with over 110,000 people. It is a testament to Michael Flatley's art form atop #IrishDancing: that one dancer, alone -- no background music, no backline dancers -- can bring an entire stadium to its feet.

For a quarter of a century, the argument has raged: does commercial Irish dancing need stars, or are the shows themselves the star? This is a specious argument. The answer is that it's the art form -- *Michael's* art form, specifically, atop Irish dancing -- that's the star. Hence why the most commercially successful Irish dance shows use his art form -- his rhythm patterns, his choreography, his formations, his upper-body movements -- to this day, regardless of how they choose to brand it for their own gain. And in less than 75 days from the time of this writing, you're going to see Michael's art form on full display in a show built to give it the scope it deserves, with a new generation of pro Irish dancers handpicked and trained in Michael's art form, bringing entire stadiums to their feet once again.

To demonstrate the power of this art form: here's an ultra-rare video of Michael Flatley performing the Feet of Flames solo in Taiwan. Some hardcore superfans have seen this, but until now, you couldn't find this clip anywhere on the internet.

Keep in mind: when this was filmed, Michael was in his *fifties* -- roughly twice the average age of a typical professional Irish dancer. This should serve as inspiration to everyone: if you have a dream, and you're willing to *work* for it, you *can* have it.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.

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