|The Star Spangled Girl With the Curls makes an appearance!|
Something about the Oireachtas morning warm up session had me off. I kept confusing my second and third treble jig step as I ran through them. Getting on stage to actually dance my treble jig, all that I forced to go through my brain was my body knows what to do, stop brain-ing it up. So what did I do? I forgot how the beginning of my third step went on the left foot. Right in front of my TCRG and one of the judges. (Who I happened to meet in the elevator that morning and she consequently told me to stretch out and travel because the stages were huge.) I knew I at least had a solid second round. I could not have nailed my slip jig any more than what I did that Saturday. Of all the times I wish I had a video of myself dancing, that would be the moment I want on film. My stamina didn't give out. I smiled. I was so magnificently confident in how I danced.
|Maple senior dancers|
I have a history of weak set dances at Oireachtas. In 2010, I died so much at the end of Drunken Gauger that I missed a part at the end. With last year's Planxty Drury, I lacked rhythm. With this year's Planxty Drury, I danced hard, but I missed so may beats that unless the judges were deaf (they weren't), I would be docked. It's all because of my catch-22: to dance now, I have to tape my ankles. If I tape my ankles, I miss trebles because my ankles are restricted. I loosened the tape, but still I have troubles.
|I am so not impressed.|
It took until the next day for it to sink in that I had only been preparing since October, due to spending most of the year injured. With all that, I still placed 19th. I haven't improved much in my placements, but I also didn't do any worse than before injuries.
Goals: Learn hornpipes/reels
Days till NANs: 205
Bonus: Watch the senior ladies' results!