Our St. Paddy’s Day celebrations started with the Old Town Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 2). The weather turned out to be perfect parade weather, so there were many spectators lining the streets to watch the parade. We had a great group of dancers participate in the parade, all of whom attended extra practices to learn our parade choreography. In addition, our wonderful parents helped carry the Foley banners and they marched with us as we danced down King Street.
The Alexandria Central Rotary Club Sips for Saints event (March 8) was our next show. This fundraiser was located in the beautiful Atrium Building in Old Town Alexandria. We had a great group of dancers brave the snowy/rainy weather that evening to represent our dance academy. After our show, the organizers invited us to stay for the remainder of the event and enjoy samples from the food vendors. It was a lovely evening!
Our St. Paddy’s weekend was a whirlwind of shows that began on March 15 at Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub. This is one of our favorite performance venues! The casual atmosphere and upbeat crowd provide great energy for our dancers to really put on a fantastic show. We even had a fun Treble Reel number that really got the crowd cheering!
We were back out to dance again early on March 16 at Reston’s Regional Library. Our dancers performed a variety of soft shoe routines, both solos steps and group choreography, and then we gave a 30 minute Irish Dance lesson to the audience members. We had an amazing turnout of people who came to watch our show and participate in our lesson – we actually ran out of seating! This was also a wonderful event for our first time performers to build their confidence!
After we finished our show at the library, we headed over to Kalypso’s Sports Tavern at Lake Anne Plaza. We did two shows here – one inside and then one outside. The weather was wonderful, so it made for a great outdoor performance. Our dancers also enjoyed getting pictures with the Lake Anne Leprechaun!
We wrapped up our Saturday lineup with a show at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly. We were the pre-dinner entertainment for their Irish Night. The dancers were able to perform on a raised stage, which was great for the audience to see the intricate footwork in both soft and hard shoe. After the show, many of our dancers and their families enjoyed the Irish themed dinner at the church.
For St. Patrick’s Day, we had three shows scheduled. The first was at Fair Oaks Sunrise Assisted Living. This was another great performance opportunity for our first-time performers. The event organizer said that we were “the highlight of the weekend! The residents were talking about the dancers all weekend!” It was wonderful to be able to entertain the residents and bring them joy with our dancing.
Our second show for the day was at the In Step School of Dance. They had an afternoon tea fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Our dancers put on a show before tea was served. The attendees enjoyed watching our dancers showcase their skills and were impressed by their dedication and talent. We received many compliments on our routines and the dancers’ ability to memorize the different choreography!
Our final St. Paddy’s show to conclude a fun weekend of dancing was back at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern. This time, we performed our entire show outside. The weather was wonderful and there were many people enjoying the outdoor seating for dinner. We did a variety of 3 and 4 hand routines, as well as a crowd-pleasing Treble Reel in our hardshoes. This was the perfect spot to end our celebrations – back in Reston with the dancers having fun performing for the crowds in front of the beautiful Lake Anne.
Pictures from all of our shows can be viewed in our gallery: Picture Gallery