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Follow Your Dream, Day #482: Victory -- Wembley '98 Bootleg

How about another ultra-rare fan bootleg -- this time, Victory from Wembley 1998?

At the beginning of '98, Lord of the Dance set a record for 21 consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley -- a record which stands to this day. Here you see the classic show at its triumphant penultimate number: Michael Flatley at the fore of the phalanx, with Bernadette Flynn, Helen Egan Maguire, Kelly Hendry, Daire Nolan, Anne Buckley, Máiréad Nesbitt, and Cora Smyth -- along with a whole lot of familiar faces in the troupe if you look closely.

This victory is hard-earned each and every night: a full dress rehearsal before the show, followed by the show itself -- with warmups, etc. in-between -- meant that by the time Team Lord got to the end of Victory, they'd been dancing for more than four hours. Since the show started rehearsals in Q2 1996, that means that by the time January '98 rolled around, the troupe had cumulatively danced for at least 3,000 hours.

When we say that #LordOfTheDance has the finest #IrishDance professionals in the world, we're not kidding. The level of *work* required to make it look effortless far exceeds what anyone can imagine. Team Lord dancers are the proverbial tip of the spear, which is why they're so coveted throughout the industry: They work harder than anyone else, longer than anyone else, push themselves further than anyone else, and thus are able to endure the rigors of high-octane touring life and deliver an arena rock concert every night.

It all comes back to Michael Flatley's famous work ethic and credo: "We didn't come here to finish second."

One-billion dollars later, the results speak for themselves.

In sixty days,Team Lord will be performing a #FeetOfFlames stadium tour in Taiwan with *ninety* dancers.

And after that, in 2021? The 25th anniversary year of Lord of the Dance? You know what happens: Planet Ireland arises.


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