March can be a busy and exciting month in the life of an Irish dancer. We have so many performances to help celebrate the great Irish Saint Patrick, and this year at Prairie Gael was no exception!
Between our multiple Senior's Home performances we also performed at The Regina Symphony Orchestra, the annual Spring Free From Racism, a soccer fundraiser, four elementary schools (W.F. Ready, W.S. Hawrylak, Douglas Park, and Lakeview), live n television (CTV and Global Moring Shows), live on the radio (CBC Morning), The Double Tree Downtown, and of course our usual St. Patrick's evening Pub performances!
Dancing at the Symphony was an amazing opportunity, and we relished the chance to flaunt our stuff to an incredible audience! The Masterworks concert series 'Marie Noelle Goes Irish' was an excellent symphony performance and perfectly themed to match our dancing.
Our teachers (Miss Caitlin in particular) even had a nerdy moment leading up the the performance of 'Linen and Lace' by composer Bill Whelan - who wrote the music for Riverdance.
We loved our opportunities to perform live for the city on the morning shows. We received great feedback from the media outlets, and fans who caught our performances, and can't wait to dance for them again next year!
Dancing at schools was a new addition to our St. Patrick's Day line up, and we loved it! This is definitely something we will be doing again in the future. We will be switching up the schools so we can bring some authentic Irish culture to students at different schools every year.
We are extremely appreciative of our opportunity to perform at The Double Tree over the lunch hour on St. Paddy's Day. Thanks to our gracious hosts, who shared their delicious Irish buffet with our hungry dancers :)
We LOVE dancing at the city's pubs in the evening of St. Paddy's Day. The crowds always appreciate us and are very enthusiastic. This year, we expanded our list of pubs to include a few newer local pubs, and overall we performed at 10 pubs in the city's warehouse/downtown/and South Albert areas.
Thanks to the pub owners for having us, and we will be back again next year!
Spring Free From Racism is a favourite annual event, and we are thrilled to be included again this year! We love watching dancers from other cultures (still trying to figure out how the Filipino dancers don't trip over those sticks) and the opportunity to eat food from a variety of cuisines after showing off our Irish heritage. Plus, what is better than supporting a world without racism?
We are grateful for a full St. Paddy's celebration this year, and looking forward to more fun again in 2017!