bim ag damhsa, dareir bim.

Dancing is addictive. It becomes a raison d'etre. It becomes the force that keeps you going and that gets you through tough times.

I've loved dancing my whole life. I had one year of ballet and tap as a youngster, but couldn't continue (I assume due to finances.). But I always danced with my mom in the kitchen; with friends behind closed bedroom doors; on the dance floor of high schools and in clubs; and now on stage.

After I moved back to the U.S. from Scotland a friend told me about some Scottish dancing done in the town I lived in at the time. I e-mailed the person and found out it was actually Irish ceili dancing, but decided to go anyway. I caught on quickly and several months later decided to give step dancing a try. Luckily, I hadn't seen Riverdance yet, or else I would've been too intimidated to try. I stuck to practicing and learning the nuances of the music and now I compete at the novice and prizewinner level.

I live to dance and love every minute of it.

In the past, I've danced with The Drake School of Irish Dance (Adults) in Atlanta, The Athens Ceili Club and for The BorderCollies. At present, I'm a competitive dancer with O'Shea Irish Dance and I teach adults every Sunday, 11:00am and youth classes at Deanne's Dance Studio in Wayzata, MN, with my own choreographed steps.

Teaching has been a great experience so far and I am thankful that I can make a part of my living doing something I love so much!