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Follow Your Dream, Day #476: Teaching the Next Generation

How about something special from a member of the legendary #LordOfTheDance 1996 OG Troupe?

For those of you who follow Team Lord regularly on social media, you recently saw OG Troupe member Kerrie Connolly Mcateer dancing a basic treble reel with her daughter, Olivia. Kerrie is a TCRG (ADCRG) at the Connolly School of Irish Dancing, and Olivia appears to quite literally be following in her famous mom's footsteps. This time, they've teamed up to perform the end-line steps from the show's title number, Lord of the Dance!

(Has Miss Olivia just snagged the record for becoming the youngest person to ever dance the actual steps from the show?)

What's fascinating about this is that Michael Flatley's famous choreography -- his art form and rhythm patterns atop #IrishDance which revolutionized it and dressed it for global commercial success -- are now essentially part of the #IrishDancing tradition. Just as you would learn traditional set dances during your growth as a competitive dancer, it's now almost impossible for a pro dancer to not learn at least one Michael Flatley number at some point. And these show steps, even a quarter of a century later and with all the rapid advancements in competition dancing, are still intricate and intensely demanding.

As you saw in Dance For Hope II, many of the OG Troupe now have families and children of their own; perhaps, one day, we'll see some of them onstage as part of a new generation of Team Lord...

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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