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Follow Your Dream, Day #579: Esprit de Corps

There are few things in life more powerful, more emotionally moving, than the shared experience of a group of people who come together to achieve something greater than themselves. That was the #FeetOfFlames Impossible Tour.

Consider it: ninety performers, half of which were brand-new, meeting in person for the first time less than three days before opening night, carrying the flag for the entire #IrishDance world.

So much happened on that historic whirlwind stadium tour that it will take some time to properly unpack the story. Because it's not just one story: it's over one-hundred stories, all interwoven together. History works both in the moment and how it is remembered. But this much is well-established: at a time when the arts were decimated, Michael Flatley's #LordOfTheDance was one of the few touring shows of any kind that was out on the road: a shining beacon of hope that pointed to the inevitability of a brighter future.

One year ago at roughly the time of this writing, Team Lord was traveling to China to begin an exciting tour of Shanghai and Beijing. That tour was cut short by the emergence of a mysterious new disease, which engulfed the whole world only sixty days later. Since then, the arts have done their best to adapt and survive, entertaining digitally when physical touring isn't an option. Sixty days from now, we will be at St. Patrick's Day -- very possibly observing a pandemic anniversary.

It is a dark and difficult time we all live in. But the Impossible Tour showed that where there is the stubborn will to succeed, there is *hope.*

It is in such soil that great dreams are planted -- and great achievements realized.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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