These two photographs are nearly a quarter of a century apart.
Those in the top half of the photo are legends who blazed a trail across the globe. They are part of the first generation of #IrishDance professionals, captivating an entire planet with a brand-new genre of entertainment: commercial #IrishDancing, comprised of Michael Flatley's art form atop a traditional folk dance, wrapped inside the shell of a rock concert.
Those in the bottom half of the photo are today's legends: second-generation professional Irish dancers who have grown up in a world where professional Irish dancing has always existed. The bar is set even higher now; so many more people are involved in Irish dancing today that the already intense competition to qualify for going pro is even more challenging.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, one truth is clear for all to see: #LordOfTheDance has the finest Irish dancers in the world. They are the ones capable of enduring the rigors of professional touring life, performing for hours at a stretch every night, and have the magical mixture of technical proficiency and *dash* -- that star quality that makes you *want* to watch them.
And one month from now, Team Lord will be back onstage for a #FeetOfFlames stadium tour, finishing 2020 with a bang. The legacy continues.
Feet of Flames Taiwan: December 2020.
Planet Ireland arises: 2021.