Follow Your Dream, Day #475: The Road to Feet of Flames

What is the pinnacle of #IrishDancing? For a competition dancer, it would have to be winning a world championship; for a professional dancer, it has to be #FeetOfFlames.

Consider: just over sixty days from now, Team Lord will be rehearsing in Taiwan for a stadium tour of Feet of Flames, the turbocharged version of #LordOfTheDance. Lord is already the most commercially successful #IrishDance show of all time, having grossed over one-billion dollars -- and Feet of Flames is the equivalent of bringing out the cannons at the end of the 1812 Overture: as an entire show -- not a one-off side attraction for something else, but an entire experience which sells tickets on its own merits -- no Irish dance show will ever be bigger or louder.

For the #IrishDance world, it's important to have Feet of Flames. When Michael Flatley invented the genre of the commercial Irish dance show, he created employment opportunities for countless dancers, musicians, and crew of all kinds. It's that commercial opportunity -- the chance for Irish dancers to actually make a living doing what they love -- which has driven the explosive proliferation of schools, students, and other shows around the world. The very fact that Feet of Flames can exist -- that there is such tremendous consumer demand for commercial Irish dancing on *that* scale -- is a very good sign for the industry overall.

And to think: in 1993, had you met "Mike" Flatley, the skinny thirtysomething construction worker in Los Angeles, his dream of selling out stadiums with an obscure folk dance dressed up as a rock concert would have sounded laughable. There was no such thing as a professional Irish dance show; it literally didn't exist.

That's the power of a dream: if you're willing to put in the decades of work to bring it to life, you *can* change the world.

Feet of Flames Taiwan: December 2020.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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