Follow Your Dream, Day #509: Victorious

After a hard-fought battle, the Lord of the Dance stands alone, victorious. The Dark Lord is vanquished; Planet Ireland is restored. And in #FeetOfFlames, the penultimate number is the title number of the show itself: one lone dancer on that stage, performing the most high-profile #IrishDance solo in the world.

The Feet of Flames solo sums up the #LordOfTheDance ethos itself: a celebration of the individual will to achieve, and the thrill of shared victory via that hard-fought achievement. The show is not the star; the stars *make* the show. You come to see Team Lord because you want to see the best Irish dancers in the world open fire with everything they've got.

2020 has been an incredibly difficult year. But next month, in Taiwan, Team Lord will finish it with a bang. *Three* Lords of the Dance will perform the legendary Feet of Flames solo: James Keegan, Matt Smith, and Cathal Keaney.

You've seen tantalizing glimpses of this in Dance For Hope IV. You know what they're capable of, as is every single member of Team Lord. They are the best in the world. You know it. They know it. Entire stadiums full of screaming fans know it. That isn't arrogance; that's confidence. And *that's* what makes it exciting. Seeing a live performance of Lord of the Dance is like witnessing a championship football match or a high-stakes title fight; people can cavil in their ivory towers all they like, but when it's showtime, *nothing* is bigger or louder in the Irish dance world. Period.

Feet of Flames Taiwan: December 2020.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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