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Maryrrf BS: wigs in Irish dancing (53* d) RE: BS: wigs in Irish dancing 14 May 13

Our trio often performs at events during March around St. Patrick's day, and the usual schedule is live music (us), followed by dinner and then the local Irish dance group puts on a show. The kids are well scrubbed and bright faced, sometimes wearing costumes (not as elaborate as those in the pictures)and sometimes dressed in simple black skirts and leotards that allow for movement. There are no wigs. They look like they are having fun and enjoying the attention, and I really enjoy this kind of thing better than the competitive events where they're dolled up in the curls and makeup and must be under extreme stress. I know several kids involved in Irish dance who, as they progressed and did well, felt so much pressure to "take it to the next level" that they dropped out because it wasn't fun anymore. I suppose Irish dance is like anything else, when it reaches a certain level the focus and character of the whole concept changes. It's up to the individual as to how far they want to go, although one wonders sometimes whether the kids are doing what they want or what their parents want.

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