Meet Our Dancers!

 
 
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Catharine de leon

When did you start Irish dancing?

I started late at 7 years old. 

Why do you dance? 
I first saw Irish dance in a St. Paddy’s parade and fell in love with the rhythm of hard shoe. I was enthralled. Dance speaks to me in a unique language that nothing else is capable of. It is bliss. I feel alive when I dance, I feel the passion of the last 24 years still burning when I put my shoes on. There is absolutely no joy like it! I will keep dancing until my body without a doubt can no longer move. 

What is the best experience you have had from dancing?
I met the love of my life through dance. My husband is the only competition to dance. It was just before nationals 6 years ago, and I had suffered a terrible knee injury just shy of the major. I immediately went into physical therapy to try and speed up the healing. Little did I know my future husband, an exercise physiologist, would be the one to help me get back on stage. 

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Caroline Costello

When did you start Irish Step dancing?

I started when I was 20 years old. I was a junior in college, and Irish Step dancing was always something I wanted to learn.

Why do you dance?

When I first began, I was doing it mostly to have a creative outlet that was just for me. However, I fell in love with the community as well as the music and steps. Every time I learn a new step or feel myself jumping or kicking higher, I feel such a sense of accomplishment - not only because I’m improving but because all of my amazing teachers push me and encourage me to do my best each week.

What is the best experience you have had from dancing?

The weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day this year we traveled up to the convent, Sisters of Charity of New York, to perform for a group of nuns. When we arrived, we were greeted so warmly by everyone there. Not only were they all wearing green, but they all had their own stories about their history of growing up in Ireland or learning Irish dance when they were younger – some even showing us some steps themselves!

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Anna Dearth

When did you start Irish dancing?

I started dancing in Connecticut when I was in 1st grade and started competing in 4th grade all the way through college.

Why do you dance?

I love the music and tradition of it. When I moved to New York for work, I really missed dance and luckily found a school in the city for adults who love dance as well! I enjoy doing leaps in soft shoe and intricate rhythms in hard shoe.

What is the best experience you have had from dancing?

Making life-long friends!