In Irish dance you’re considered a “senior” at the age of 21 because there are 80 year olds with more mobility than you.
I started dancing at Bremer when i was 4, it started off slowly moving into opens when i was 9. I always wanted to qualify one day but knew I wasnt good enough. My Oireachtas results were close but i couldnt qualify. In 2010 i got 9th one away from qualifying, then 14th 2011, then 18th 2012. At that point I almost quit i was giving up on myself and just wasnt loving dancing. I knew i would be lost with out dance buy didnt want to keep being at the bottom of the pack. I then transferred to Murray and my first major back would be the nationals in 2013. Before Murray i got 24th twice and didnt recall one year. I worked my butt off during my ban and went to the Nationals feeling awesome, i ended up 16th and FINALLY WORLD QUALIFYING! The O was next and i wanted to be top 5, i killed myself before it because i knew i could finally do it! I got 4th and i was thrilled!! It was my best Oireachtas yet and i couldnt wait for the worlds. I went into the worlds confident but knew since it was my first worlds no expectations. I recalled and got 47th… Never in a million years did i think that was possible!! My goal for the nationals this year was top ten. I worked very hard and ended up 11th! So close to top ten and would have been in the top 7 if a judge didnt give me 79th. I dont care that i didnt reach my goal because it was one place and i worked hard and danced my best! I cant wait for the O this year! Thank you for the question