Follow Your Dream, Day #549: Afterimage

Michael Flatley's #FeetOfFlames was performed eight times in 120 hours.

Read that again and let it sink in.

Time is a currency measured in moments, not minutes. When we quarantined in individual hotel rooms for two weeks, those two weeks were an eternity at the time -- but feel like the snap of a finger now. The 72 hours of rehearsals that immediately followed were an incredibly intense crucible that felt like a never-ending drill, but those hours evaporated like mist under a hot morning sun. And when it was time to begin the run of performances, Feet of Flames -- the largest and most technically complex #IrishDance show in the world -- was performed *eight times* in only 120 hours.

That's an average of a performance every fifteen hours.

Not since the days of the legendary 1996 OG Troupe has so much been asked of a cast and crew. The Impossible Tour, at several points, came extremely close to derailment -- but somehow, against the odds, #LordOfTheDance fought through all of it and emerged victorious, achieving a stadium tour under extraordinary circumstances which will likely never be repeated.

And, best of all: this happened right in front of your eyes. You were able to interact with Team Lord backstage *live* during the Impossible Tour, seeing these amazing men and women realize a dream and achieve the impossible in real time.

We wish to thank every Irish dance school that contributed dancers to The Impossible Tour. The years and decades of work you put into forging your dancers, nurturing them and pointing them towards their goal of becoming pros, laid the critical foundation which made it possible for James Keegan and the dance captains to bring them up to pro level at warp speed.

As Team Lord returns home from Taiwan, glimmers of the future beckon; the 25th anniversary year of Lord of the Dance is nearly upon us. And a new generation is now ready to take up the challenge.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.

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