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Why We Dance An Inspirational Show By foreverclovers
Sometimes it’s hard to get away from the competitive atmosphere...
To stop worrying about winning that or beating them...
Or if your wig isn’t perfect, or you don’t win out of your light jig.
To not mind if you don’t get the best place in the line up...
When something goes wrong...
Or it all seems uphill...
You feel like you’ll never catch up...
Or you fail to reach a goal or crack an audition...
Then guess what?
Just remember where your home is.
Go back to the empty dance floor...
Grasp the barre and look in the mirror...
Turn on the warm-up music and practice your cuts.
Because that is why we dance.
The feeling that it is to be home,
In the studio,
Just dancing.
Dancing for the rhythm,
For the laughter,
For the fun,
For the friendship,
For the excitement,
For the thrill of ability,
For the adrenalin of the beat,
For the breath of fresh air,
For the challenge to rise to
And for the little moments
That remind us why we all...
Dance
And after all,
Who knows what surprises...
May be waiting for you...
If you really try your best
Just around the corner...
Or maybe the next one.
I think so too.
So remember to never forget...
Every time you dance,
To share your passion
Your partner
A smile
A helping hand
A hand to dance
A new friend
An old friend
Team spirit
More team spirit
And more team spirit
A bucketful of energy
A spade full of imagination
A little joke
A hug
A shared moment
A sprinkle of determination
In every minute step
That you attempt to succeed
Happiness at every beautiful leap
At every better batter
So always remember to share with your audience
Whether at a competition, an exam, a concert or a display
Your love for what you do
Your passion for doing it well
Your enjoyment for every second that you shine
And your happiness that you got up and did it, whatever the outcome.
You’re going to face disappointment at some time in your career
Just remember to focus on how  you  felt about your dancing before the results
And start thinking about the future…don’t dwell on the past!
It’s the next time you’re going to dance that really matters.
Positivity Rules!
And always remember that...
There is another extraordinary gift waiting for you...
The dance of...
Tomorrow
So next time it’s all getting a bit tough, remember…
The harder it is to get
The more thrilling it is to get right
The longer it takes to learn
The greater the smiles along the way
And the longer you stick at it
The longer you’ve been there
The longer you’ve hung in
The greater the rewards
And we can’t forget
All the star-struck
Smiles
That are one of the prettiest things
As you see the hardest workers
Gain their just rewards
And there’s some things you’ve just got to have!
You’ve got to have cute!
You’ve got to have sheer beauty
You’ve got to have all the glitz and glam
And then of course there are
The beautiful dresses
And the dreams of new ones
And that sense of wonderment
At your successes
Every hop
Every leap
Every jump
Every step
It all counts
But what Irish Dancers learn
Is more than just how to dance
Humility
Tradition
Triumph
Tragedy
Coping gallantly with problems
Sharing
Poise and politeness
How to make lacing those Hullachan’s more interesting
How to stay in the air for six seconds
And how to still be just as humbled and surprised
Whether it is your first win
Or one of many
Can you remember your first team?
Training together
Winning together
It’s all about teamwork
Getting it right
And fun too!
And you know, the thing about teams?
These are the friendships you’ll keep for a lifetime
And it’s not all competitions
Shows are all part of the fun
And it’s nice to dance
For others
Without any cares
Rather than just yourself.
Everyone has to start somewhere!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re 5 or 50
Whether you’re at the beginning of your career, or at the end…
It’s the journey that counts!
And anyway, who knows what tomorrow might bring?
Everyone loves to win
But there’s only one way to the podium
Bottom Up.
And its gonna take time, and pain, and tears, I’m not going to kid you.
There will be days when you just want to quit
But if you want something, you got to be willing to fight for it,
Rain or shine.
And then one day, when you least expect it…
All of it will be worth it.
What’s that? It’ll never be me?
No! Not listening!
Hey, I can give you the pep talk…but only YOU can make that decision
But as for me? I say point your toe, and make it count.
Dream big…
…and you never know where it might take you.
When you look back on your dancing career in years to come
It won’t be the steps and the hours of training that you remember
Nor the victories, or the defeats…
It will be the hotdogs you ate
The feis friends you hugged
The moonpies you munched through
The surfboards you posed with…
The card games you played in the corridor
Hello Kitty and Crocs
The trips you went on
The moments with mum or dad
The just-for-fun jumps with friends
And the quiet leaps, when nobody’s watching.
So leap right into
The next  dance
Thanks for watching!
<ul><li>Powerpoint created by  foreverclovers  from www.dance.net </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately it is impossible to give...
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  • @hmw1133 Thank you so much for your comment, it's lovely to hear that this is still inspiring people. Don't you worry about those Novice 1sts, keep working hard and enjoying what you're doing and they will come (trust me!!) It took me three years to win out of my Beginner Reel!! (where I come from, you need 1st place) Now I'm an Open Champion and placing on the blocks at my O. So anything is possible if you're prepared to stick at it. Today, I'm nearing the end of my dancing career and what I said in the slideshow is definitely true - its the friends and the memories of fun times and class that stick with me the most :)
    foreverclovers xx
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  • this slide show has inspired me so much, i've been dancing for 6 years and i can't tell you how many times i would cry my eyes out on the way home from a feis because i didn't get first in my reel or messed up my treble-jig. I've sadly been in novice three years because of my slip jig and reel, i can't believe how much inspiration this has given to me, i've had so many times where my friends i dance around in random places while people stare at us like we're crazy, but we don't care. We just love the dance.
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  • great presentation did you make it

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  • this is the most moving slideshow i have ever seen. thank you, you have made my dancing life happier.

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  • Thanks for this touching presentation ! You can do whatever you wish if you love what you do.
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  1. 1. Why We Dance An Inspirational Show By foreverclovers
  2. 2. Sometimes it’s hard to get away from the competitive atmosphere...
  3. 3. To stop worrying about winning that or beating them...
  4. 4. Or if your wig isn’t perfect, or you don’t win out of your light jig.
  5. 5. To not mind if you don’t get the best place in the line up...
  6. 6. When something goes wrong...
  7. 7. Or it all seems uphill...
  8. 8. You feel like you’ll never catch up...
  9. 9. Or you fail to reach a goal or crack an audition...
  10. 10. Then guess what?
  11. 11. Just remember where your home is.
  12. 12. Go back to the empty dance floor...
  13. 13. Grasp the barre and look in the mirror...
  14. 14. Turn on the warm-up music and practice your cuts.
  15. 15. Because that is why we dance.
  16. 16. The feeling that it is to be home,
  17. 17. In the studio,
  18. 18. Just dancing.
  19. 19. Dancing for the rhythm,
  20. 20. For the laughter,
  21. 21. For the fun,
  22. 22. For the friendship,
  23. 23. For the excitement,
  24. 24. For the thrill of ability,
  25. 25. For the adrenalin of the beat,
  26. 26. For the breath of fresh air,
  27. 27. For the challenge to rise to
  28. 28. And for the little moments
  29. 29. That remind us why we all...
  30. 30. Dance
  31. 31. And after all,
  32. 32. Who knows what surprises...
  33. 33. May be waiting for you...
  34. 34. If you really try your best
  35. 35. Just around the corner...
  36. 36. Or maybe the next one.
  37. 37. I think so too.
  38. 38. So remember to never forget...
  39. 39. Every time you dance,
  40. 40. To share your passion
  41. 41. Your partner
  42. 42. A smile
  43. 43. A helping hand
  44. 44. A hand to dance
  45. 45. A new friend
  46. 46. An old friend
  47. 47. Team spirit
  48. 48. More team spirit
  49. 49. And more team spirit
  50. 50. A bucketful of energy
  51. 51. A spade full of imagination
  52. 52. A little joke
  53. 53. A hug
  54. 54. A shared moment
  55. 55. A sprinkle of determination
  56. 56. In every minute step
  57. 57. That you attempt to succeed
  58. 58. Happiness at every beautiful leap
  59. 59. At every better batter
  60. 60. So always remember to share with your audience
  61. 61. Whether at a competition, an exam, a concert or a display
  62. 62. Your love for what you do
  63. 63. Your passion for doing it well
  64. 64. Your enjoyment for every second that you shine
  65. 65. And your happiness that you got up and did it, whatever the outcome.
  66. 66. You’re going to face disappointment at some time in your career
  67. 67. Just remember to focus on how you felt about your dancing before the results
  68. 68. And start thinking about the future…don’t dwell on the past!
  69. 69. It’s the next time you’re going to dance that really matters.
  70. 70. Positivity Rules!
  71. 71. And always remember that...
  72. 72. There is another extraordinary gift waiting for you...
  73. 73. The dance of...
  74. 74. Tomorrow
  75. 75. So next time it’s all getting a bit tough, remember…
  76. 76. The harder it is to get
  77. 77. The more thrilling it is to get right
  78. 78. The longer it takes to learn
  79. 79. The greater the smiles along the way
  80. 80. And the longer you stick at it
  81. 81. The longer you’ve been there
  82. 82. The longer you’ve hung in
  83. 83. The greater the rewards
  84. 84. And we can’t forget
  85. 85. All the star-struck
  86. 86. Smiles
  87. 87. That are one of the prettiest things
  88. 88. As you see the hardest workers
  89. 89. Gain their just rewards
  90. 90. And there’s some things you’ve just got to have!
  91. 91. You’ve got to have cute!
  92. 92. You’ve got to have sheer beauty
  93. 93. You’ve got to have all the glitz and glam
  94. 94. And then of course there are
  95. 95. The beautiful dresses
  96. 96. And the dreams of new ones
  97. 97. And that sense of wonderment
  98. 98. At your successes
  99. 99. Every hop
  100. 100. Every leap
  101. 101. Every jump
  102. 102. Every step
  103. 103. It all counts
  104. 104. But what Irish Dancers learn
  105. 105. Is more than just how to dance
  106. 106. Humility
  107. 107. Tradition
  108. 108. Triumph
  109. 109. Tragedy
  110. 110. Coping gallantly with problems
  111. 111. Sharing
  112. 112. Poise and politeness
  113. 113. How to make lacing those Hullachan’s more interesting
  114. 114. How to stay in the air for six seconds
  115. 115. And how to still be just as humbled and surprised
  116. 116. Whether it is your first win
  117. 117. Or one of many
  118. 118. Can you remember your first team?
  119. 119. Training together
  120. 120. Winning together
  121. 121. It’s all about teamwork
  122. 122. Getting it right
  123. 123. And fun too!
  124. 124. And you know, the thing about teams?
  125. 125. These are the friendships you’ll keep for a lifetime
  126. 126. And it’s not all competitions
  127. 127. Shows are all part of the fun
  128. 128. And it’s nice to dance
  129. 129. For others
  130. 130. Without any cares
  131. 131. Rather than just yourself.
  132. 132. Everyone has to start somewhere!
  133. 133. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 5 or 50
  134. 134. Whether you’re at the beginning of your career, or at the end…
  135. 135. It’s the journey that counts!
  136. 136. And anyway, who knows what tomorrow might bring?
  137. 137. Everyone loves to win
  138. 138. But there’s only one way to the podium
  139. 139. Bottom Up.
  140. 140. And its gonna take time, and pain, and tears, I’m not going to kid you.
  141. 141. There will be days when you just want to quit
  142. 142. But if you want something, you got to be willing to fight for it,
  143. 143. Rain or shine.
  144. 144. And then one day, when you least expect it…
  145. 145. All of it will be worth it.
  146. 146. What’s that? It’ll never be me?
  147. 147. No! Not listening!
  148. 148. Hey, I can give you the pep talk…but only YOU can make that decision
  149. 149. But as for me? I say point your toe, and make it count.
  150. 150. Dream big…
  151. 151. …and you never know where it might take you.
  152. 152. When you look back on your dancing career in years to come
  153. 153. It won’t be the steps and the hours of training that you remember
  154. 154. Nor the victories, or the defeats…
  155. 155. It will be the hotdogs you ate
  156. 156. The feis friends you hugged
  157. 157. The moonpies you munched through
  158. 158. The surfboards you posed with…
  159. 159. The card games you played in the corridor
  160. 160. Hello Kitty and Crocs
  161. 161. The trips you went on
  162. 162. The moments with mum or dad
  163. 163. The just-for-fun jumps with friends
  164. 164. And the quiet leaps, when nobody’s watching.
  165. 165. So leap right into
  166. 166. The next dance
  167. 167. Thanks for watching!
  168. 168. <ul><li>Powerpoint created by foreverclovers from www.dance.net </li></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately it is impossible to give due credit for all these wonderful photographs, however: </li></ul><ul><li>Credit to the many, many DDN members who took or are featured in these photos; Milton Baar at swoose.net; ZandB; the Live Commentary squads from various championships; Irish Philadelphia; and a special credit to DDN member reellove for the 2008 North American Champion collages. </li></ul><ul><li>© foreverclovers July 2008. </li></ul>All of the photos of the beautiful dancers featured in this powerpoint are used in an entirely non-demeaning way and the captions used are not necessarily relevant to or reflective of the dancers and events portrayed
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