Jig: The Great Irish Dance-Off


Jig: The Great Irish Dance-Off

Documentary telling the story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships. Thousands of dancers, their families and teachers from around the world descend on Glasgow.


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'My name is Brogan McCay.'

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I'm ten years old, I dance for the McConomys, Derry,

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and I'm going to the Worlds for the very first time.

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My name is Julie O'Rourke. I'm ten years old. I live in New York and I dance for the Petri School.

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This year is my first time at the Worlds, and Brogan is my main competition there.

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I'm Irish, and I really didn't know this whole world existed.

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Nobody in my family's ever done Irish tap dancing - at least, as far as I know.

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Maybe over in Ireland they did.

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-Leza's two nieces danced.

-Yes.

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And I used to think, "Oh, these people are insane."

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They pay for flights to go to feises.

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And then the wigs and all this, and I'd say "Oh, no. Crazy.

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"If Brogan ever has a talent, I really hope it's not Irish dancing."

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Arms.

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Sit down!

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You just give up so much. Like, you could be invited to a thousand parties and you can't go,

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and even, like, birthday parties for your family you have to give up.

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You wouldn't throw a strop over it.

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You wouldn't be like, "Oh, why do I never get to have some freedom?"

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It's not that. It's like you're dedi...

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when you walk in the doors to dancing,

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you're dedicating your time.

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And so are the dance teachers.

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Hundreds of people have said, "Where did this wee thing come out of?"

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I mean, she come out and you think you've seen the best.

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Watch this. This IS the best.

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INSTRUCTOR HUMS A BEAT

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And one, two, three, four, five.

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You didn't finish the five.

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I make a face when I'm dancing. I open my mouth.

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I go like that. Or something. I don't know.

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But when I'm dancing, Rosetta'll be all,

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"You look like an old-age pensioner!"

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So I'd just be like, "Oh, sorry."

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Well, it's just, you know, one, two, three.

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You thought wrong, then. Because what you thought wasn't going on one.

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Well, it was just like...

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I'm dancing for my granny and my mum and daddy,

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because they put so much money into it.

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Like, it's unbelievable.

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My friends go, "Whoa, my mummy wouldn't let me do that."

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'We could be in a big house with so much furniture,

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'but they have dedicated their lives to my happiness.

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'I find it so, like, extraordinary.'

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Hi, Mummy.

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Any money that, you know, myself and Darren have,

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it's spent on Brogan and her Irish dancing.

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I haven't had a holiday since... What, 2004, did I say?

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When Brogan started dancing, that's the last holiday I had.

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My mummy says, "What's a talent wasted, like?"

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If you have a talent, like, show everybody.

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Brogan is very nice, even though she keeps beating me.

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I try to do as much as she does.

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I always look on YouTube to see how she's dancing

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and I always try to perfect it the way she does it.

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That's how I got like, my hop-overs

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and, like, my front clicks, because I found out how she does it.

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She has a tendency not to want to do things until she feels like

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she'll look good doing it, or competitive with the other girls.

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That was part of the thing we didn't realise about her.

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'She was extremely quiet in the beginning. So shy, so nervous.

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'So when Anne Lynn said they were going to a feis, her first dancing competition,'

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-you had said, "She's really never going to get up and do it."

-"I don't know if she'll get on stage."

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So I went to the competition.

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They were coming out two at a time, and the next thing,

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Julia stepped forward and she just performed like no-one's business.

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-My mouth dropped and I called you in Ireland.

-She called me in Ireland.

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-I was like, "Lisa, we've got a live one."

-Got a live one!

-Like, wow.

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Hard, hard, hard, hard!

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Big ending, ladies. Pick it up!

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Eight seconds.

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Come on, eight seconds.

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Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up.

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'We're just doing it for some fun, it's a nice cultural thing to do.

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'But she kept progressing as time went on. Then I saw the wigs,

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the dresses, and it was... I was like, what's that all about?

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-She's like, "Oh, that's what they do."

-They go to different states and they drive to...

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I'm like, "I'm not going to go to Connecticut. I'm going to go local."

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Connecticut seemed like a little much.

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It's too much for me. I'm like, "No."

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But you get drawn into it. She's doing well and you buy the dress.

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And you get the wig and you get the shoes and you go to Ireland.

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So we've gone to Scotland twice. It's crazy.

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-Ireland.

-Ireland.

-England.

-Yeah.

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My name's Simona and I'm from London.

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I'll be competing in the age 19 to 21 category at the Worlds.

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My main competitors will be Suzanne from Glasgow

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and Claire Greaney from Galway.

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We've known Claire and Suzanne since Simona was six, cos we've always competed.

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I remember Simona when I was seven, at the All Scotlands.

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I didn't get the recall and she won it.

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And I remember thinking, "Look at this girl. She's unbelievable."

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Then Suzanne won the Worlds in Glasgow, our very first Worlds,

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and that's the first time I really took notice of her and thought, "Oh, my God!"

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So I suppose there's just been the three of us always in the top five.

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We've been taking it in turns - it started off with me, then Suzanne and then Claire.

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ANNOUNCER: We're going straight into the under 21 men's competition.

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My grandparents on both sides, they're all Italian,

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so I've got no Irish blood.

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That was really good.

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'I was really born into it.'

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I started dancing when I was three.

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And I'm 19 now, so 16 years.

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It doesn't feel like that long, though, at all.

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I'd meet Simona's mother and Suzanne's mother at the competitions

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and while we'd be all secretly hoping for our own,

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we wouldn't begrudge it to the others.

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I don't think it's any different to anything else.

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I think if you do sport, if you want to win you've got to be focused.

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It becomes your life.

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I mean, horse-riding people travel all over the country.

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It's the same with Irish dancing.

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It's just we wear wigs and funny dresses.

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ANNOUNCER: A big round of applause for the top three.

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I'm John and I'm ten and I've got five brothers

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and I'm the only one who dances.

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And this year, I'm going for the Worlds for my very first time.

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My stepbrother's called Lee, and my brothers are...

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The oldest is Dean, Ashley, and then it's me,

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and then it's Thomas and then it's James.

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I like dancing - ten out of ten.

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And...

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football about two out of ten.

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We're not Irish. You know, we don't know Irish dancing.

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And we went to a feis and we walked in and it was like...

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It was like a Shirley Temple convention, wasn't it?

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There was teenagers and youngsters and they'd got the wigs on

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and really brown legs. Really made-up faces, and then these wigs.

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And it was like... You just find yourself, like,

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staring at people for a very long time,

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thinking, "I'm glad I've got a boy."

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Watch out!

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Point, two, three, four.

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Squeeze and point, tense your legs.

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Point your toes at the back. Ellie, you're not pointing your toes at the back.

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There's quite a lot of people who tease me and call me names.

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But I just ignore them and walk away, cos they don't know what they're talking about.

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It's not as bad as it used to be. It used to be terrible.

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People would be... You know, John'd say, "He's called me gay,"

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or, you know, that lot. But we used to say, "Well, just take no notice. Just show them what you can do."

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As a parent, you want to go out there and say,

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"Don't call him gay. You know, Michael Flatley's not gay."

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But then you have to stop yourself, because, you know.

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That's Mandy. If I... I tend to go out there and throw a wobbly, so...

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Lift, lift, tuck your elbows in.

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Step, two, three, two, two, three, three, two, three and four.

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Up and jump, up, jump.

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'It's the rhythm, and the music.'

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And, er, the shoes. I like the shoes.

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One, two, three, four, tuck, kick, down.

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When he first learned sevens, one of the first things, he was up on his toes like this

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and I was like, "Oh, God, he's going to be good."

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Go, stretch and one-two, up, kick. That was grand, son.

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'If John was at class five times a week like his competition are,

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'then I'm sure he'd be pretty much unbeatable.'

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But, unfortunately, he's one of five, they're all playing football,

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going in different directions, and dancing's expensive.

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-MANDY:

-My wages basically pay for John's dancing.

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I go away and freeze and everything on weekends with the TA.

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-Ugh!

-And at the back of my mind...

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At the back of my mind I'm thinking, "This is for John."

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Upwards, down, upwards, down. Tense your body and kick, two-three,

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and up and one-two, straight.

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Now right up. Push, kick down. That's better.

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Upper back, upper stamp, three clicks.

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One, two, that's straight legs.

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Stretch, push, up, kick, down. Stand point, stand point.

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Tense. Pull in here, five, six, seven.

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'When he hits it and when he's on form, you know, I think he's probably unbeatable.'

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And a one-two, stretch, two-three, push.

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Now really stretch it out. Out, out.

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Yeah, that was better.

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'I've been making silly mistakes and stopping.'

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But hopefully this year they will all go.

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He just tends to forget things and, you know,

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and do something silly, or, you know, or just stop

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eight bars before the end, and I'll say, "What were you thinking?" "I don't know. I forgot."

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Right, who's next? Mitch.

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-How are your blisters?

-All right, yeah.

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-You still got your plasters on?

-Yeah.

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It is frustrating, cos he could be so good.

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I think he's got the potential to win Worlds, definitely. He's a completely different dancer to Joe.

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He has to have something for a long time, and when it's polished

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and he knows it and it's drilled right, it looks great.

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But, you know, then he might forget it anyway.

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But whereas Joe, even on his worst day, will never forget it and he'll never, ever stop.

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'I'd like to dance like Joe Bitter.'

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He's strong...

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..he's confident and...

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..I just love the way he dances.

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Stretch it out, and three, four, up and down and stretch.

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Push up, and down. Pull the back leg up, shoulders back.

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Stretch, stretch, two, three, four, up and down.

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Dance down, one, two, three, four, up and down. Stretch.

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Push up and down. Pull that back leg up and stretch.

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Stretch, two, three, four, up and down, push, cross, cross, cross.

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Arms back. Arms, two, three, four and one, two, stretch. Push up.

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Stand point, point, stretch those legs out, beat, beat, beat.

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Kicking, one, two, stretch, four, up. Shoulders, John.

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Up. Up. Kicking down and stop there. Great.

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'John's my best dance teacher ever.

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'He's really good at dancing, as well.'

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And he shouts...

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..not a lot, but...

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he shouts. But not loud.

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Not that loud.

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Keep feet turned down, toes pointed, your heels will automatically hit.

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That's better. But now let's do it without the dodgy head.

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Two, three, go. Treble up and toe, hop and step, kick, kick and down.

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You know, I am quite hard on him. But he can take it.

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You know, he never cracks. He's very... "OK".

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You're getting strong on knee, toe and back. Treble and backstep,

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showing me the inside of your ankle all the time. OK?

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Arms tight. Five, six, seven, go.

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Treble and backstep... No, come on. That's your set dance. Concentrate!

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And treble and backstep, treble and cross, cross,

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heel and toe sharp. Two, three, treble and toe back,

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stretch it out, two, three, push, push it right up, now put it back.

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Treble and toe, up and step, kick...

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If I don't come in the top ten,

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or a recall, or I won't...

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It'll be OK, but...

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it'll just show that I haven't danced my best.

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Stretch your legs out, chin up.

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'Nowadays, because so many people want to win,

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'there's a lot of people that probably don't have a lot of natural talent,

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'but have just worked so damn hard at it

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'that they're actually winning because they're so technically correct.'

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'So people with natural talent now have to put the work in.'

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You know, there's no room for error now.

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You have to be foot perfect.

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Out...

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in...

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down.

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Right, left, right, right, out, in, down.

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'When I was growing up Riverdance and Lord of the Dance didn't exist.

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'So no-one really knew about it in England.'

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So yeah, I didn't really tell anybody at school that I did it.

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And then after I won the World Championships, I think,

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I was on the news, and then I went in school the next day

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and it was like, "I saw you on the news last night". And I was like, "Did you?"

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"I didn't know you did that dancing." I was like, "Oh, yeah."

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I don't really talk about Irish dancing,

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outside Irish dancing, like my mates from Irish dancing.

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It's just normally like football and American football.

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Work on your arms. Yes.

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Of course. OK. Off you go.

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Cross, over, over, over, over. Bring your arms back.

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Don't overstrain yourself.

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Cross, cross, cross.

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The back foot out more, out more.

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Bring this arm in tighter.

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Cross. Treble up and treble.

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Go for the fast ones. Back foot.

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Left foot out.

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Knackered.

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He just has a complete understanding of every kind of rhythm that I throw at him.

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Even from a very, very young age I was always giving him stuff

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way harder than other people his age.

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One, two, three. Da da da.

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Cross, cross, cross. Da da da. That's better. Good.

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Do that bit again.

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Up, kick, kick and toe. Right up, right back.

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Joe's desire to pursue dance was phenomenal.

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It was living and breathing dance for him and I...

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It was like a snowball that I couldn't stop.

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Up. Kick, kick and toe. Kick, kick and toe.

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Cross, diddly dum dum.

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Yeah, that wasn't too bad, a little bit better.

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Up, kick, kick and toe, kick, kick, kick and treble, and back.

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That's better. Good. Much better.

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There was just that intensity about him.

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He'd spend seven hours in the living room with the carpets rolled up

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and the furniture moved, and that reel would play over and over.

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Kick, kick, kick and quiet.

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Da da da da da and sharp.

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When he started out, you know, he was like everybody else.

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Hop, two, three. But he won the first 17 events he entered.

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And he found out he was pretty good at this.

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We're a lot alike, Joe and I.

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So I think that it was a point in time when I realised

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I had to help him manage himself without being...

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I couldn't push him, let's put it that way.

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But in my own way, I orchestrated things, no doubt.

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I had heard rumours that this Californian boy

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was thinking about moving to England to dance

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and I just thought it was a little bit crazy and...

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But then...you know...

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dancing has grown so much that people take it so seriously -

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even though there's no money involved,

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it is quite prestigious and people want that world title.

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We are a little mad.

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So, you know, you hear about families who up and move to Florida

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when they have a good tennis player.

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I had a very successful medical practice.

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I pretty much gave that up.

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I lived in a wonderful neighbourhood of £5 million and £6 million houses.

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The weather here is certainly nothing compared to California.

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I know, yeah. It's always raining in this country, though. God.

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Five, six, seven, heads. Move, two, three, four, five...

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'When Joe first arrived from America, he was, maybe, spoilt.'

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And sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp.

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'He was this amazing talent from when he was young.

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'Everybody told him how amazing he was all the time,'

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and it was like, "You're brilliant". And he was very talented.

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'And then he came to our class and it was like, "This is wrong, you're not doing this."

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'It was a huge shock to his system, I don't think he liked it very much.'

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And catch, no, no, no, no.

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John Carey is just an amazing dancer

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and teacher, choreographer, you name it.

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I mean, he's won the Worlds eight times

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and he's an incredible inspiration.

0:21:500:21:54

'I definitely have an ego in Irish dancing.

0:21:540:21:56

'When you're at the top, it's hard not to.'

0:21:560:21:59

When he tells me something, like,

0:21:590:22:01

sometimes I'm a little iffy with my listening.

0:22:010:22:05

It's interesting to see John and Joe dance together,

0:22:050:22:08

because, you know, I see this look in Joe's eyes, like,

0:22:080:22:12

"Yeah, I know, you're better than me. Give me time".

0:22:120:22:17

'I just want to be one of the best that's ever danced.

0:22:190:22:23

'As good as John Carey is.'

0:22:230:22:24

I want to be known for doing the rhythm and having the set dance

0:22:240:22:28

and people'll be like, "Joe Bitter, I remember him, he used to do those amazing set dances".

0:22:280:22:33

I'm Ana. I'm Russian.

0:22:520:22:55

I live in Moscow,

0:22:550:22:57

and I'm a part of a ceilidh team of eight dancers.

0:22:570:23:00

We are all adults.

0:23:020:23:04

We started Irish dancing when we were in our 20s.

0:23:040:23:09

You can practice a lot -

0:23:110:23:14

for a week, for two weeks, for two months, for a year -

0:23:140:23:19

and still you cannot do something.

0:23:190:23:21

And then one day you just go to the class

0:23:230:23:28

and you can do it, like magic.

0:23:280:23:31

And it makes you so happy, so proud.

0:23:310:23:34

"Wow, look here! Look, I can do it!"

0:23:340:23:38

I'm based in Munich and then my weekends,

0:23:410:23:44

I'm usually away teaching in Poland or Russia.

0:23:440:23:47

Over the three countries we have 500 pupils.

0:23:480:23:51

I've got three days of workshops

0:23:510:23:54

with all the dancers in the ceilidh team.

0:23:540:23:56

And we've got about 25 hours of classes lined up.

0:23:560:23:59

Hopefully, we'll be able to get the last minute practice in before the Worlds.

0:24:010:24:05

I think I probably spend about half of my salary Irish dancing,

0:24:090:24:15

because we travel to many countries. It's very expensive.

0:24:150:24:20

People keep asking us about Irish dancing, "Why?

0:24:200:24:24

"You are Russians, you live in Moscow... Why?"

0:24:240:24:27

And I don't know. Because I like it.

0:24:270:24:30

It's a game for other people.

0:24:350:24:37

You know, in Russia, the winter lasts about six, seven months.

0:24:400:24:45

It could be rather depressing.

0:24:470:24:49

When you come dancing, no matter what mood you are in,

0:24:490:24:53

you're always leaving the class in high spirits.

0:24:530:24:55

Only Irish dancing allows you to fly. Really, really to fly.

0:24:570:25:02

Chin up, Katya.

0:25:040:25:05

Shane is a wonderful dancer and brilliant teacher.

0:25:110:25:16

Up a bit more, Sasha. Up, jump, two, three.

0:25:160:25:18

Stop, stop, stop.

0:25:180:25:20

SHE SPEAKS RUSSIAN

0:25:220:25:24

Bom, bom, bom, bom, bom.

0:25:340:25:36

'I would definitely think of the Russians as the hardest-working Irish dancers I've ever met.'

0:25:360:25:41

You're not lifting up as high...

0:25:430:25:44

'They love it. The really do love it. 'And they enjoy dancing it.

0:25:440:25:47

'So we're really trying to brighten them up and make them show they enjoy it.'

0:25:470:25:51

..And four, five. Vera, you look like you're having a terrible time.

0:25:510:25:56

One, and two, drop three, round the feet, four.

0:25:560:25:59

Even that time when I was watching, it was just Vera and Ana who held this all the way throughout.

0:26:040:26:09

The rest of you were going through the motions.

0:26:090:26:11

And we need eight of you to be doing that.

0:26:110:26:13

Cos it can't be just one or two in the team

0:26:130:26:15

and the rest of you all just hanging on behind.

0:26:150:26:18

I want people to look at you and go, "Wow, they know what they're doing".

0:26:180:26:22

So I think, all the time when you're dancing,

0:26:220:26:24

dance it like you are world champions.

0:26:240:26:26

Your hands are perfected, your feet are good.

0:26:260:26:29

Now we need to work on the actual presentation of it.

0:26:290:26:32

One, and two, and three, and four,

0:26:320:26:36

and five and six. Katya, you look miserable.

0:26:360:26:39

Chins up, wait, wait, wait. We've lost the personalities.

0:26:390:26:43

Eight unhappy Russians.

0:26:430:26:46

Imagine they're hot fingers, like you can't hold onto them for too long.

0:26:460:26:49

Cos I saw a few times, you see, this sticky fingers.

0:26:490:26:52

Hands. Hot fingers, like, "Ow!"

0:26:520:26:55

You know, you can barely touch them. You touch them and you're gone.

0:26:550:26:59

Go! Up, two, three. Move it, move it.

0:26:590:27:02

One, two, three, four, five and go. Move, come on.

0:27:020:27:06

Go. Go, go, go. Go.

0:27:060:27:09

Move. Hot fingers.

0:27:090:27:12

If you are not nervous,

0:27:130:27:15

if you do no stupid mistake, if you look happy,

0:27:150:27:19

I think we have a chance to get a recall.

0:27:190:27:22

'Coming up for our major, I practice almost every day.

0:27:500:27:54

'I like the privates the most

0:27:550:27:57

'because you get to see what you do the best.

0:27:570:28:01

'They always tell you specifically, they're always watching you.

0:28:040:28:08

'At the private, my mom takes notes about what I have to fix.'

0:28:100:28:14

Thank you.

0:28:150:28:17

'She writes it down so she knows what to practice the next time.'

0:28:190:28:22

Oh, no, I don't get privates.

0:28:340:28:36

One, two, three.

0:28:360:28:38

Cos we're so together,

0:28:380:28:39

we're like one big family in a kind of way.

0:28:390:28:42

'The reason we don't do private lessons

0:28:420:28:45

'is because we've got 90% in our class who just couldn't afford it.'

0:28:450:28:48

'It's not fair for any of the other children,

0:28:520:28:55

'cos if I got private, like, my friends in my age group,'

0:28:550:28:59

they wouldn't get it, so it's just not right. We don't do that.

0:28:590:29:02

That's it. Yeah, other side.

0:29:020:29:04

Good.

0:29:090:29:10

If you do it wrong, you have to get it right.

0:29:140:29:17

You can't just leave it.

0:29:170:29:18

My mom, she's very strict about that.

0:29:200:29:22

There you go.

0:29:220:29:23

Hey, see the leaning on the shoulder? Just relax your shoulder.

0:29:270:29:31

Push it back and relax it.

0:29:310:29:33

She had been dancing on a broken foot.

0:29:360:29:38

And the day that her mom said that they were going to the doctor,

0:29:380:29:42

Julia was like, "Oh, it doesn't hurt so much."

0:29:420:29:44

She realised we were leaving for Scotland and she didn't want to miss it.

0:29:440:29:48

Straight. Good.

0:29:480:29:50

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine...

0:29:510:29:55

'I remember when I hurt my foot before the All Scotland. I just moved on.'

0:29:550:29:59

..18, 19, 20.

0:29:590:30:00

My mum was like, "You can't dance",

0:30:000:30:02

and I was like, "Aye, I can. I can. Watch me".

0:30:020:30:05

'There's so many injuries coming up to the Worlds.

0:30:070:30:10

'It's like, unbelievable.

0:30:100:30:12

'My friend, she broke her leg a couple of days ago.'

0:30:150:30:18

And you're like, "Whoa". But luckily she's not going to the Worlds

0:30:180:30:21

cos she didn't qualify, but she broke her leg at dancing. You're like, "Whoa".

0:30:210:30:25

When I hurt my foot, that was just the best time to strengthen it

0:30:260:30:30

and to make it better and better for competitions.

0:30:300:30:34

We want to work the muscles in the lower leg as well, OK?

0:30:340:30:36

So the inside part of her arch...

0:30:360:30:39

she uses one muscle called the posterior tib.

0:30:390:30:42

The other muscle called the flexor hallucis longus.

0:30:420:30:44

-Are you having any pain over this area?

-No.

0:30:440:30:47

OK. Let's drape one right here.

0:30:470:30:49

If it gets too cold, you let me know.

0:30:490:30:52

Nice and supple, there's no knots in them, so that's a good thing.

0:30:520:30:57

Are you going to win?

0:30:570:30:58

It's going to be a tough competition.

0:30:580:31:00

OK. Well, you be confident and you have to have fun with it.

0:31:000:31:03

I realised how good Julia was and I thought,

0:31:120:31:14

"You know what, Brogan? You're not going to win this World easy".

0:31:140:31:17

Do it again. Step it over. Step over.

0:31:170:31:20

Over, step back and move.

0:31:200:31:22

See that? Come on, execute, looking wider.

0:31:220:31:25

That's it. Then go.

0:31:270:31:28

Stay on the grey.

0:31:280:31:29

'Dance classes, they've got tougher.

0:31:310:31:33

'Rosetta's making us do like loads and loads of jumps,

0:31:330:31:37

'like 2,000 and stuff.'

0:31:370:31:39

Up, up, stand on your toes.

0:31:390:31:40

Go right down... Right up.

0:31:400:31:43

Up and step out, Gemma.

0:31:430:31:46

'I have three sons, I have one daughter, and I wanted her to be a world champion.

0:31:460:31:50

'I didn't care if she couldn't read or write. I know a lot of people will say

0:31:500:31:54

that's ridiculous, her education's more important. But to me it wasn't.

0:31:540:31:58

Irish dancing was the most important thing in my life.

0:31:580:32:00

'You see her like tell you off, and you just want to work to make them happy again.'

0:32:000:32:05

And you want to make them proud, because they work so hard,

0:32:050:32:08

they take their time off.

0:32:080:32:09

Dance on.

0:32:090:32:11

You danced it that time. No, she danced it that time.

0:32:130:32:16

Wasn't just her...

0:32:160:32:17

Either do it right or don't do it at all.

0:32:170:32:20

You looked as if you were going for a walk, the two of yous.

0:32:200:32:23

You're not going to World dancing like that.

0:32:230:32:26

Get it right or take it out completely.

0:32:260:32:29

When Simona was tiny, it was her that wanted to do it.

0:32:360:32:40

Now, I probably have to push her a little bit more

0:32:400:32:42

because I think she's older and there's other interests.

0:32:420:32:45

'I started getting fed up with it. I thought, what's the point?

0:32:450:32:48

'Cos I really wanted to win a World.'

0:32:480:32:51

And when you're not getting the results, it's really hard.

0:32:510:32:55

She was thinking of knocking it on the head,

0:32:550:32:57

but didn't want to cos of me. cos she knew it would upset me.

0:32:570:33:01

That is way too big.

0:33:020:33:04

I've remortgaged twice. Not just I suppose for the dancing,

0:33:050:33:10

but most of the money that I earn does go on the dancing.

0:33:100:33:13

It looks like it matches there, but when you look at it on that...

0:33:130:33:16

'It's expensive. That's why I started making the costume, cos I couldn't afford to buy one.'

0:33:160:33:21

It's way too big.

0:33:210:33:23

I just checked.

0:33:230:33:25

That is not the same as that.

0:33:250:33:27

I just checked.

0:33:270:33:28

'When people say, "Do you win anything?", you say, "No", and they go, "Why are you doing it?"

0:33:280:33:32

It's not the money, you want to win the World.

0:33:320:33:35

I mean, if you've done Irish dancing for all those years,

0:33:350:33:38

the top prize that you can get is the World.

0:33:380:33:41

And that's what the kids strive for.

0:33:410:33:43

'I won the World Championships for the first time in 2002,

0:33:460:33:49

'when it was the first year in Glasgow.

0:33:490:33:52

'The next year I was second.

0:33:520:33:55

'And the year after that, then I won three Worlds in a row.'

0:33:570:34:00

Very well done. Lovely. Standing very well, Cathy. Lovely.

0:34:050:34:08

We had a break in the summertime, the class was closed for a month

0:34:080:34:12

and Suzanne and a couple of the other girls said

0:34:120:34:15

they couldn't wait till next Sunday for the class to reopen.

0:34:150:34:18

That's right.

0:34:180:34:19

We were enjoying a month's holiday and they couldn't wait for the dancing to start again.

0:34:190:34:24

In fact, Suzanne had an injury about four months ago.

0:34:240:34:27

She was on crutches for a couple of weeks, but she came to every class.

0:34:270:34:30

With her crutches, yeah. Just to watch.

0:34:300:34:32

She was using her crutches to demonstrate wee bits of steps!

0:34:320:34:37

You're doing the diddly-dums, your back foot could be more out.

0:34:550:35:00

Yeah, thrust the heel forwards. Do that again.

0:35:000:35:02

Really smell it off them.

0:35:040:35:07

You can, yeah, yeah.

0:35:070:35:09

It's in the legs. The beautiful legs. Legs are so important.

0:35:090:35:12

I love legs. Legs are just that.

0:35:120:35:14

You're rushing those toes a bit.

0:35:210:35:22

Claire, I think, will find it hard to give up the dancing because she loves it so much.

0:35:250:35:30

I do think that dancing will always be a part of her life.

0:35:300:35:33

I don't think you'd last in this unless you love it.

0:35:330:35:36

No matter where you go, you'll find yourself, this kind of thing.

0:35:380:35:41

In mass it could be this way.

0:35:410:35:43

You start thinking, I lie in bed, if I can't sleep I'll start making up steps.

0:35:430:35:46

The duvet could be jumping up and down. That's the mental side of it.

0:35:460:35:50

It is my life, it is my passion.

0:35:500:35:53

I've sacrificed so much in my life to be an Irish dancer and to be where I am right now.

0:35:530:35:57

Inside that skinny little body of hers, she has such determination.

0:35:580:36:04

If you're at the top, the only place you can go is down.

0:36:040:36:06

You don't want that to happen, so there's pressure to stay at the top.

0:36:060:36:10

He just pulled out, did you to see that?

0:36:210:36:23

I did. I'm glad you saw it.

0:36:230:36:24

You're not turning here?

0:36:240:36:26

-Yeah? Why?

-I thought you were going straight.

-Shall I go that way?

0:36:260:36:30

I'd be happy if she goes to the World and dances really well.

0:36:300:36:33

I know she's capable of winning it.

0:36:330:36:35

But then that doesn't mean she will.

0:36:350:36:38

Claire's going wanting to keep it, because she won it last year.

0:36:380:36:41

Suzanne's going to go wanting to get it back and I haven't won it.

0:36:410:36:44

So, I just really want to win one.

0:36:440:36:47

I'm Sandun, I'm this Sri Lankan guy who lives in Holland

0:36:570:37:00

and I'm an Irish dancer.

0:37:000:37:02

They call me the Flying Dutchman and I want people to say this year,

0:37:020:37:05

"the Flying Dutchman is in the top five of the world."

0:37:050:37:08

When you go to Irish dance class or to a feis, you step into this other world.

0:37:100:37:14

I really see it like that.

0:37:140:37:15

The first time I looked at Irish dancing was Riverdance,

0:37:320:37:36

and I didn't like it at all.

0:37:360:37:37

Then I took home a video and he watched it three times a day, four times a day, five times.

0:37:370:37:42

Like little kids watch cartoons, the Lion King.

0:37:420:37:44

He watched Riverdance.

0:37:440:37:47

It's like a drug. Irish dance is like a drug.

0:37:470:37:50

Top sport is not good for your body.

0:37:500:37:52

You get injuries everywhere.

0:37:520:37:54

But at the same time it gives you this nice feeling.

0:37:540:37:57

He's absolutely determined, if he wants to.

0:38:030:38:06

He can also be a lazy bastard.

0:38:060:38:07

I would be seeking thrills everywhere.

0:38:070:38:10

I think I probably, you know, if someone will be like, "Hey,

0:38:100:38:13

"take this joint," or, "Take this little pill," I'd do it.

0:38:130:38:17

But now, I want to, you know, perform good

0:38:170:38:21

and you can't do that with drugs or an over amount of alcohol.

0:38:210:38:25

I know he's the only boy in the school.

0:38:320:38:35

You have no-one else to compare yourself with during classes.

0:38:350:38:39

You have to do it all by yourself.

0:38:390:38:40

He's made his own mix, because he's cocky enough to think that he knows best for himself.

0:38:420:38:50

-And really cocky!

-Yeah.

0:38:500:38:51

And what is very funny is Irish dancing is a girl's sport.

0:38:520:38:57

More, it's a white girl's sport. You don't see coloured people in Irish dancing.

0:38:570:39:01

I know there are thousands of people and I've seen five coloured people, something like that.

0:39:010:39:06

And he feels perfectly comfortable because people accept him for what he does dancing,

0:39:060:39:13

and not for who he is, coloured or non-coloured.

0:39:130:39:16

Being adopted, for Sandun, it's very difficult.

0:39:230:39:26

Because he grows up in a white environment, being a child of white parents

0:39:260:39:33

and that's not how it should've been.

0:39:330:39:36

He should've grown up in Sri Lanka with his own parents.

0:39:360:39:41

Being given up by your own mum, that's not easy to cope with.

0:39:420:39:49

We had really rough times when he was younger,

0:39:500:39:55

that's why Irish dancing was very important to us.

0:39:550:39:58

Something that made him feel very good by himself.

0:40:000:40:04

Even in the rougher moments of our lives,

0:40:040:40:08

we went to dance practice and it always made it right again.

0:40:080:40:13

And that's been a difficult path.

0:40:150:40:18

It's not been impossible, but...

0:40:180:40:20

..Sandun has many interests,

0:40:230:40:24

and now he's gone to puberty, and it's not helping to be...

0:40:240:40:30

Yeah, he wants to go out and stay up late and drink.

0:40:300:40:35

That's very normal for teenagers, but that doesn't combine very well with top sport.

0:40:350:40:42

I don't want to be like, "Sandun came, he got 7th and that was it."

0:40:440:40:48

No, I want to be like, "Sandun got 10th, then he got 7th,

0:40:480:40:51

"he got top five, then he got top three."

0:40:510:40:53

Then bam!

0:40:530:40:54

Yeah, number one.

0:40:540:40:56

I was born in Glasgow and it's funny for me to be here

0:41:130:41:16

at the 40th World Championships and be hosting the event.

0:41:160:41:19

There'll be somewhere just over 6,000 competitors.

0:41:220:41:25

It brings in all through the week, 20, 30,000 people.

0:41:290:41:33

And everything culminates here in three 35-second performances, if you're lucky.

0:41:330:41:38

Some only get to perform twice at this event and you get called.

0:41:380:41:41

Only 50 people get to do the last round.

0:41:410:41:44

So, really, all these children are practicing all year round for six minutes of dancing.

0:41:440:41:49

This morning he was up at half five

0:42:020:42:06

and tomorrow he's bound to wake up as well early.

0:42:060:42:10

He's got that excitement and nervousness all rolled into one.

0:42:130:42:16

He's like a coiled spring.

0:42:180:42:20

When we get to the hotel, are we going to practice a little?

0:42:320:42:36

No practicing, no. Just do stretching, a little stretch.

0:42:360:42:39

Yeah, that's what's I mean.

0:42:390:42:40

-Yeah, no, no dancing.

-A day off.

-Yeah.

0:42:400:42:43

Looks gorgeous. Really beautiful.

0:42:460:42:51

Costumes cost 2,500 American dollars.

0:42:510:42:53

-You have to see the hair band.

-Oh, that's perfect.

0:42:560:42:59

-You like it?

-Yeah, that's perfect.

0:42:590:43:02

'She got a new dress in July.'

0:43:020:43:04

She's worn it four times maybe.

0:43:040:43:08

No, more than that. At the little Feis, you mean.

0:43:080:43:12

-With the white skirt.

-Uh-huh. Four times?

0:43:120:43:16

-Four times.

-Yeah, you're kidding.

0:43:160:43:19

Maybe five.

0:43:190:43:20

OK, I don't know, I thought it was more than that.

0:43:200:43:22

She grew.

0:43:220:43:23

-It's beautiful.

-It's gorgeous.

0:43:230:43:26

See this white, like it's that really shiny.

0:43:260:43:28

-Yeah, shiny, yeah.

-It's almost like iridescent.

0:43:280:43:31

-And you have socks that are diamante, right?

-Yes.

-Obviously. A silly question.

0:43:310:43:35

Feel comfortable? All righty?

0:43:360:43:38

This last year, Brogan hasn't had it easy because Mum passed away.

0:43:550:44:00

Mum was diagnosed with cancer in June,

0:44:010:44:05

so Brogan was finishing up school in the June.

0:44:050:44:08

We moved more or less up to Sligo for that summer.

0:44:080:44:11

My granny was just so, so ill. It was unbelievable.

0:44:130:44:16

She was all like oxygen and everything, it was just so, so sad.

0:44:160:44:20

But like every day, she would, like, be saying to me, "do your best."

0:44:200:44:27

So, like, I'm...

0:44:270:44:29

I know she would've just wanted me to do my best.

0:44:290:44:31

So I just kept going to qualify for the World.

0:44:310:44:35

The Ulsters was a big thing this year because this was her qualifier for the Worlds.

0:44:360:44:40

For about the week before Mum died, we knew she was really, really sick.

0:44:400:44:44

She was going, "Rosetta, I have to just qualify for the World

0:44:440:44:47

"to go back and tell Granny so she can die."

0:44:470:44:49

Brogan won and then I rang my sister in Sligo who was in the hospital with Mum.

0:44:520:44:56

I said, "just whisper to her now that she's won and she's going through to the Worlds."

0:44:560:45:00

And...I went back up home and that morning she died then.

0:45:000:45:04

It was like she just wanted to find out did I qualify and then like rest.

0:45:040:45:10

I was sad, but I was excited to hear that she found out.

0:45:120:45:16

Everybody was like so upside down like and it was terrible, but we pulled through.

0:45:160:45:23

Push those knees down flat.

0:46:100:46:12

Stomach's should be flat down on your thighs. Push down.

0:46:120:46:16

And relax your top half.

0:47:040:47:05

You're dancing fabulous, I'm really, really happy.

0:47:050:47:08

My dress is so special to me.

0:47:270:47:30

My granny bought it for me and I say she's always dancing with me.

0:47:300:47:35

She got me this dress and she's my wee guardian angel and all.

0:47:350:47:39

It's not really about dresses but, um, it will make me feel confident.

0:47:390:47:45

Ladies and gentlemen, we are now ready to commence competition 31.

0:47:500:47:56

The Girl's Championship, 10 to 11 years.

0:47:560:48:02

Competitors 177, 178 and 179.

0:48:020:48:08

Competitors 118, 120 and 121.

0:48:540:49:00

That's beautiful. That's really, really good.

0:49:420:49:45

-Where's Lisa and Karen?

-They're in there, did you want to talk to them?

0:49:450:49:48

Are you happy now? It was beautiful. Beautiful.

0:49:480:49:51

One and two, four...

0:49:560:49:58

Up two, three, four, five, six, seven

0:49:580:50:00

and turn, three, four, five and hat, leap up.

0:50:000:50:03

'The first round is in heavy shoes. It's all about rhythm and moving.'

0:50:030:50:09

Their second round is a soft shoe round.

0:50:090:50:11

It's more about lifting, it's quite balletic, maybe.

0:50:110:50:16

A lot of flying around the floor, high kicks and jumps.

0:50:160:50:19

Then the marks are added up for those two rounds

0:50:190:50:23

and the best third are recalled back to do their set dance

0:50:230:50:27

and it's in heavy shoes again

0:50:270:50:30

It's basically your showpiece to show off what you can do.

0:50:300:50:33

The night before a competition I sleep with these two

0:50:390:50:43

and this one's usually at the end of the bed.

0:50:430:50:47

This one's usually by the pillows

0:50:470:50:52

but...they keep me warm

0:50:520:50:57

and...comfortable.

0:50:570:51:00

And his tooth fell out, didn't it?

0:51:010:51:04

Trying to open a bottle.

0:51:040:51:05

Put it under your pillow.

0:51:050:51:08

I'm up at six in the morning and I go to the venue at seven.

0:51:090:51:14

Now John has to go through the steps.

0:51:140:51:17

My New Year's resolution was that I'm going to concentrate.

0:51:280:51:33

He's just a little fire cracker.

0:51:370:51:39

Everyone's, "Oh, you're a cheeky fellow. I love watching him dance,

0:51:390:51:43

"he's so good." I was, "Yeah, when he doesn't stop, he's brilliant."

0:51:430:51:47

Concentrate on what you're doing. Think about your head.

0:51:470:51:51

Think about your left foot

0:51:510:51:53

and think about pushing that click above your head.

0:51:530:51:56

Good luck.

0:51:560:51:57

Our first competitors, numbers 104, 105 and 106.

0:52:020:52:07

-Was that good?

-Yeah, really good.

0:52:420:52:44

He'll probably stay brilliant, hopefully.

0:52:440:52:48

I can breathe now.

0:52:480:52:49

He's smiling a lot.

0:52:520:52:54

I did watch him in one of the feises and I thought he danced brilliant

0:52:580:53:02

and the guy next me said, "He's won, he's won."

0:53:020:53:04

Well, he came third or second and I got a bit annoyed about that.

0:53:040:53:09

I thought, you know, "They've got it wrong!"

0:53:090:53:12

But I don't know, so...

0:53:120:53:14

They know what they're doing at the front, the judges, I presume.

0:53:140:53:18

Each band will be judged by a different group of five judges

0:53:200:53:24

and those judges have 100 points to award to the first place winner.

0:53:240:53:28

You put them in here because our art form's very subjective.

0:53:280:53:32

We don't encourage consultation,

0:53:320:53:33

They're can't speak about the competition

0:53:330:53:36

and they are very heavily policed.

0:53:360:53:38

So we actually have a system where our judges are chaperoned.

0:53:380:53:44

We don't have such a thing as fault penalties.

0:53:440:53:48

We try not to restrict the judge.

0:53:480:53:50

At the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to personal taste.

0:53:500:53:54

She's got the whole of her family coming over.

0:53:540:53:57

There's been visa problems so a few of them have been denied their visas

0:54:080:54:14

to come into the country.

0:54:140:54:16

One of the things we were trying to do was to make the team stand out

0:54:200:54:23

on the stage like they deserve to be there.

0:54:230:54:27

Then they're told they're not allowed to come into the country.

0:54:270:54:30

They've just been beaten down, you know, for no reason at all

0:54:300:54:34

and it'll be hard to get them to give that energetic performance

0:54:340:54:39

that we were hoping we would see on the stage this time.

0:54:390:54:42

And we all tried to do it, not just for ourselves,

0:54:420:54:45

dancing on the stage, but also for the guys who stayed in Moscow.

0:54:450:54:50

And as Anna, the girl who stayed in Moscow she wrote us,

0:54:500:54:54

"Do your best, dance good for me."

0:54:540:54:58

We'll try to do it for her as well.

0:55:000:55:03

Instead of kind of getting knocked down, give it more of a push.

0:55:030:55:07

From today and tomorrow, when we're doing all the practices,

0:55:070:55:10

keep that focus, keep that drive. Let's do it.

0:55:100:55:13

One and two, nice dancing, stretch it up and back and four

0:55:130:55:17

and five and six and seven and eight. Where's the faces?

0:55:170:55:22

We're now ready to commence the second round

0:55:400:55:43

of the Girls' Under-11 Championship.

0:55:430:55:47

On stage now we have 120 and 121.

0:55:510:55:56

173 and 174.

0:56:220:56:25

APPLAUSE

0:56:460:56:50

-Well, done.

-Thank you, Daddy.

0:56:590:57:01

-Come here.

-Mummy.

0:57:010:57:04

-Well, done.

-Oh, thank you.

0:57:040:57:06

I thought she just flew round there like a bird.

0:57:060:57:08

Were you content with yourself with the way you danced?

0:57:080:57:11

You couldn't have done any better. We're so proud of you.

0:57:110:57:14

That's amazing.

0:57:350:57:36

And the next event will be competition number six.

0:58:020:58:06

Boys 15 to 16 age group.

0:58:060:58:09

And now we have 105 and 104, in that order.

0:58:120:58:15

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:58:460:58:49

OK and just do the best you can, because you deserve to up there.

0:59:060:59:09

OK? You've got that. Are you ready?

0:59:090:59:11

Yeah!

0:59:110:59:12

APPLAUSE

0:59:450:59:48

-ANNOUNCER:

-I am just going to read you the recall in numerical order.

1:00:001:00:05

SHE SPEAKS RUSSIAN

1:00:051:00:07

123, 127,

1:00:111:00:14

136, 139...

1:00:141:00:18

CHEERING

1:00:181:00:21

..140, 146...

1:00:211:00:23

CHEERING

1:00:231:00:25

151, 152, 159.

1:00:251:00:30

No.

1:00:301:00:32

Just so nervous, it's a nervy time.

1:00:341:00:37

-Yeah, my hands are sweating.

-Yeah, shaking.

1:00:371:00:40

Well, battle on and you'll be even better next year.

1:00:401:00:44

Yeah? OK. Let's have a drink.

1:00:451:00:48

The competition is really tough.

1:01:321:01:34

The top three is like, they're like Titans. You just can't move them.

1:01:341:01:39

Between number four and eight is about the same level

1:01:431:01:47

and then the first three are a little step higher.

1:01:471:01:51

So it could be between fourth and eighth, I think.

1:01:541:01:56

But he has to see improvement. If he becomes eighth this year,

1:01:561:02:00

that's going to be a huge disappointment.

1:02:001:02:03

APPLAUSE

1:02:471:02:50

Next, we have the results for competition number five.

1:02:581:03:01

Boys 16 to 17.

1:03:011:03:03

190.5.

1:03:031:03:06

174, 203.

1:03:061:03:10

847.

1:03:101:03:13

706.5.

1:03:131:03:16

1,026.5 and 614.5.

1:03:161:03:20

CHEERING

1:03:201:03:23

HE SPEAKS DUTCH

1:03:251:03:28

In tenth place, from the Netherlands

1:03:291:03:33

is number 145, Sandun Verschoor.

1:03:331:03:36

HE SPEAKS DUTCH

1:03:381:03:40

Ten boy.

1:03:421:03:44

Well, still medal holder.

1:03:481:03:50

Really terrible, because I came for fifth place or top five

1:03:521:03:57

and I got tenth. That really sucks.

1:03:571:04:01

Should I continue doing this?

1:04:021:04:05

But what would I do if I won't be dancing?

1:04:051:04:09

I'm not that kind of person who will go to university, you know.

1:04:091:04:14

No, not for me. I need to finish something, you know,

1:04:151:04:20

and that's going to be dancing.

1:04:201:04:23

You know, when she's on form, she's on form

1:04:321:04:35

and I just never know with Simona.

1:04:351:04:38

She's beaten all the other girls at different times and competitions.

1:04:411:04:45

Dee, dee, dee, dee, dee, dee...

1:04:451:04:46

Lift, foot out and down...

1:04:461:04:49

So hopefully this year. We're due a good World.

1:04:491:04:53

Oh, it's just only a split second. If it hurts, it's a split second.

1:04:541:04:57

What I've been doing is just dancing my steps through my head.

1:05:001:05:03

And half the time I can't get to sleep.

1:05:031:05:05

I'll finish my set dance then have to go back to my jig and start again.

1:05:051:05:09

It actually ends up keeping me awake about an hour longer when I should be sleeping,

1:05:091:05:14

but I'll probably do that for a wee half hour and then go to sleep.

1:05:141:05:17

I do it too!

1:05:171:05:19

I lie in bed doing her dances.

1:05:191:05:22

I would love for her to win in Glasgow, again.

1:05:221:05:24

And that's her drive. That's her motivation for this year.

1:05:241:05:28

ACCORDION MUSIC PLAYS

1:05:281:05:32

WHOOPING

1:05:451:05:48

Wow, wow, wow!

1:06:001:06:03

That was amazing.

1:06:031:06:05

Oh my God, that was so amazing, Suzie.

1:06:051:06:08

Just absolutely gorgeous.

1:06:081:06:10

You smiled the whole way through! It was just gorgeous. Well done.

1:06:101:06:14

You're waiting, you're anxious and hoping that

1:06:141:06:17

everything will go well for her. All I ask, really,

1:06:171:06:20

is that she'll have three good rounds,

1:06:201:06:22

she danced the way she can dance and then it's out of our hands

1:06:221:06:25

I'm probably seen as the one to beat,

1:06:251:06:27

because I'm one of the last three.

1:06:271:06:29

So it's just...it is a lot of pressure, because you just,

1:06:291:06:33

you can't disappoint and there's so many in the competition that are so good.

1:06:331:06:37

There's 166 hoping to beat you.

1:06:371:06:40

Slow!

1:06:461:06:48

Bam...bam, bam, bam.

1:06:491:06:51

Oh, Jesus!

1:06:511:06:54

And bang and bang, timing. Da-de, de-da.

1:06:541:06:57

I'm going to do what I usually do.

1:07:041:07:06

ACCORDION MUSIC PLAYS

1:07:061:07:08

Jesus!

1:07:261:07:28

It's OK, it's all right.

1:07:281:07:30

APPLAUSE

1:07:421:07:45

It wasn't her fault. The girl was there.

1:07:451:07:47

They were literally like that. She handled it well.

1:07:471:07:51

'Adjudicators. There is no 196.

1:07:521:07:56

'On stage they have 197 and 198.'

1:07:561:08:01

SHE SIGHS

1:08:081:08:09

-It was good I did a nine.

-You hit a pillar!

1:08:091:08:12

You couldn't go anywhere but into her.

1:08:131:08:16

Well, we just saw each other coming, but we were both doing something,

1:08:161:08:19

we couldn't move out of the way and I was just like...

1:08:191:08:22

-We kind of just... Two of us just went...

-Did you?!

1:08:221:08:24

'I'm nervous.

1:08:321:08:34

'Really nervous.

1:08:341:08:36

'Cos I really, really want to win.'

1:08:361:08:37

I'm getting old now as well. I ain't got much longer,

1:08:371:08:41

so I need to win it soon if I'm going to win it.

1:08:411:08:44

Don't I?

1:08:461:08:48

Yeah. 14 years we've waited, so...

1:08:481:08:50

..would be nice to do it, but we'll see.

1:08:511:08:54

'Competitor 148, Rambling Rake - speed 76.'

1:08:561:09:02

I hope she wins the speed.

1:09:021:09:04

'Quiet.'

1:09:041:09:06

INAUDIBLE

1:09:101:09:12

Good girl. Very good.

1:09:421:09:44

-She looks worried.

-Huh?

-She looks worried.

1:09:461:09:49

'We now have the ladies, 19 to 21 years.'

1:09:511:09:54

'107,

1:09:561:09:58

'249.5.'

1:09:581:10:01

That's not good this time.

1:10:011:10:02

'108, 91.5

1:10:021:10:07

'289,

1:10:071:10:11

'80,

1:10:111:10:13

'75.5,

1:10:131:10:16

'59,

1:10:161:10:18

'695.5,

1:10:181:10:22

'651,

1:10:221:10:24

'1122.5'

1:10:241:10:27

You're third.

1:10:271:10:28

'546.5,

1:10:281:10:32

'168,

1:10:321:10:35

'1179.

1:10:351:10:37

SHE GASPS

1:10:371:10:38

-'343.5.'

-Have you got it?

1:10:381:10:42

'290.5,

1:10:421:10:44

'127.5.'

1:10:441:10:47

-Claire, Maggie, Suzanne, I think.

-Oh, right.

1:10:471:10:51

'In fourth place, competitor 148 -

1:10:511:10:54

'Simona Mauriello.'

1:10:541:10:57

CHEERING

1:10:571:11:00

Up and stretch. And one, two, three, kick and up, point your toes, point up.

1:11:461:11:50

Treble and toe back.

1:11:501:11:51

'With John, I'm like, let's do the same thing and let's go over it again

1:11:511:11:55

'to make sure you've got it in your head.

1:11:551:11:57

'Have you got it in your head? And I deliberately don't change anything.'

1:11:571:12:01

'This is the final round of the world championships.

1:12:021:12:05

'Next is Number 104.'

1:12:051:12:07

'Stretch, 1, 2, 3. Right arm. Down, treble, push, up,'

1:12:191:12:22

kick, down, cross and watch your head.

1:12:221:12:25

Treble back and toe, spin, cross, cross

1:12:251:12:28

and triple and toe, down, double click.

1:12:281:12:31

'2, 3, treble upper stamp, stamp down,

1:12:351:12:39

cross, cross, cross and on toes. Spin.

1:12:391:12:41

And triple and toes. Hold. Stretch, 1, 2, 3...

1:12:411:12:43

APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

1:12:531:12:57

'Next is number 105.'

1:13:031:13:05

Well done, John.

1:13:051:13:07

Well done, John! Oh, I love you.

1:13:071:13:09

-This one, the big one, that was good. Good, really good.

-Thank you.

1:13:131:13:17

At least that's over, anyway, you can relax for a little bit. Well done.

1:13:171:13:20

'We're now ready to give results of the boys 10 and under-11 championship.

1:13:221:13:27

'Number 102, round one.

1:13:271:13:30

'206.25,

1:13:301:13:33

'103, 155.5,

1:13:331:13:38

'104, 431.'

1:13:381:13:40

HE GASPS

1:13:401:13:41

WHOOPING

1:13:411:13:42

'105, 256.25.

1:13:421:13:47

'106, 135.5.

1:13:471:13:53

'122, 295.

1:13:531:13:56

'123, 199.

1:13:561:14:00

'Round two, from the top.

1:14:001:14:03

'170.5.

1:14:031:14:05

'162.5.

1:14:051:14:07

'307.5.'

1:14:101:14:11

Oh, dear, that's not as good.

1:14:111:14:14

'161.

1:14:141:14:16

'351.

1:14:161:14:19

-Is he still winning?

-Still winning, I think. Just about, I think.

1:14:191:14:22

'450.

1:14:221:14:25

'214.

1:14:251:14:28

No.

1:14:281:14:30

'233.'

1:14:301:14:31

No, he's not still winning now.

1:14:311:14:32

'Round three, from the top.

1:14:321:14:35

'193. 201.

1:14:351:14:39

'171.

1:14:391:14:42

'368.5.

1:14:421:14:44

'233.'

1:14:461:14:48

-How we doing?

-I don't know.

1:14:481:14:51

'189. 206.

1:14:511:14:53

'158.'

1:14:531:14:55

'281.'

1:14:561:14:58

-I think he might win. I think so.

-He's done it.

1:14:581:15:00

Oh, I don't know. Don't tell her yet.

1:15:001:15:02

'Here's the following totals from the top again.'

1:15:021:15:06

Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. It's close.

1:15:061:15:10

'1107.

1:15:101:15:13

'738.75.'

1:15:141:15:17

I think it's really close. I don't know,

1:15:171:15:20

I can't add it up. I don't know.

1:15:201:15:22

'482.25

1:15:221:15:25

'790.'

1:15:251:15:27

-I don't know, maybe. It's close.

-'463'

1:15:271:15:30

-This is it.

-'1100.'

1:15:301:15:33

Yes, he won it!

1:15:331:15:34

SCREAMING AND CHEERING

1:15:341:15:36

'In first place...

1:15:401:15:41

'..number 104.

1:15:421:15:44

SCREAMING AND CHEERING

1:15:441:15:46

HE LAUGHS

1:15:481:15:50

Oh, my God!

1:15:501:15:51

Hi, Dad.

1:15:531:15:55

I won!

1:15:551:15:56

Thank you, Dad.

1:16:001:16:02

Shall I pass you back on to Mum?

1:16:061:16:08

Love you.

1:16:081:16:09

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:16:151:16:17

HE MOUTHS

1:16:191:16:21

Da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-ra-da-da.

1:16:211:16:24

Feet-feet-out-out-more-more-more

1:16:241:16:27

'When Joe does a set dance, the whole hall is silent.'

1:16:271:16:30

John told me at the beginning of it and I was just like,

1:16:321:16:35

"Oh, my God, this is so hard," like,

1:16:351:16:37

but I just loved it cos I knew if I would get it,

1:16:371:16:39

it would be one of the best sets I've ever done.

1:16:391:16:41

We're waiting for Joe Bitter's set

1:16:411:16:43

cos we've been watching him and he's amazing.

1:16:431:16:46

'There's nothing simple about it.'

1:16:481:16:51

If I nail every beat, it'll be one of the best sets anyone's ever done.

1:16:511:16:54

AUDIENCE APPLAUD

1:16:541:16:56

MUSIC STARTS

1:17:021:17:05

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:18:351:18:38

He made me cry. It was the best set I have ever seen.

1:18:551:18:58

Oh, thank you very much, thank you. Thank you.

1:18:581:19:01

Absolutely a masterpiece.

1:19:011:19:03

I was actually starting to cry. Look at me!

1:19:031:19:05

Brilliant. Brilliant...

1:19:121:19:14

Hopefully, hopefully.

1:19:151:19:18

You set the pace for the competition and they've to live up to it.

1:19:451:19:48

Everything you've got, baby. All right, love you.

1:19:481:19:51

'Ladies and gentlemen,

1:19:541:19:56

'we are ready to commence competition 31.

1:19:561:20:00

'Recall set dance.'

1:20:001:20:01

-Do you have to go up?

-Yeah... Good luck.

1:20:041:20:08

APPLAUSE

1:20:081:20:10

'Competitor 121,

1:20:241:20:26

'dancing the Three Sea Captains.'

1:20:261:20:29

MUSIC PLAYS

1:20:291:20:30

APPLAUSE

1:20:521:20:54

THEY LAUGH

1:20:571:20:59

SHE WHISPERS

1:21:001:21:02

'Let's be fair to all the competitors

1:21:021:21:04

'and the judges, who are concentrating and focusing.'

1:21:041:21:08

'Competitor number 177,

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'dancing Drunken Gauger, speed 69.'

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MUSIC STARTS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.

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It was gorgeous.

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-(Was it on time?)

-It was perfectly on time.

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'Now the result of girls 10 to 11 years.

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'115, 84...

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'116,

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'111.5...

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'121, 373...'

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(Yes, I'm winning!)

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'..172, 86.5...

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'174, 231...

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'177, 312.5...

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'..179, 72...

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'203, 120.2...

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-'And now from the top...'

-Never mind, babe.

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'..round two.'

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It's OK...

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'62.5...

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'377.33...

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'206.5...

1:23:391:23:43

'123...

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'80.5...

1:23:461:23:49

'61.5...'

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-(What's she going to give me?)

-373.

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-'..270...'

-377.

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'340.5...'

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(My god, I'm first!)

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'..238...

1:24:051:24:08

'108.5...

1:24:081:24:11

'35...

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'186...'

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(Yes!)

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'And now round three from the top.

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'191...

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'..91...

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'..128...

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'..114.5...

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'373.75...'

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(Yes!)

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'..291...

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'160.5...

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'191.25...

1:24:451:24:50

'196...

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'..69.5...'

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Well done!

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'..236.5...

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'273.5...

1:25:001:25:04

'440...'

1:25:041:25:07

Well done!

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'..271.5...

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'..179...

1:25:151:25:16

'..277.5...

1:25:181:25:20

'..236...

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'..84.5...

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'119 and 204...

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It's OK. You're either first or second.

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Do you know how good that is?

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'..294.5...

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'318.5...

1:25:471:25:50

'1124.08...

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'..749.5...

1:25:571:26:01

'364...

1:26:011:26:03

'287...

1:26:031:26:05

'487.5...

1:26:051:26:09

'282...

1:26:091:26:13

'410...

1:26:131:26:16

'497...

1:26:161:26:18

'302...

1:26:181:26:20

'271.5...

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'774.5...

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'1093...'

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SHE SCREAMS

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You're second.

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They're over the moon over there.

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SHE SOBS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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'In first place, competitor 121.'

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Congratulations.

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SCREAMING AND APPLAUSE

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'Second place, 177.'

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Woo!

-Woo!

-Wah!

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I did it.

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I'm so happy.

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Thank you. Congratulations. You too.

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-Well done.

-Thank you. You too. I'm so happy.

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I wasn't expecting it. I thought you were going to win.

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MUSIC DROWNS SPEECH

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This is my little wish calendar,

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which I write down all my expectations for each month.

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So, March I wrote, "The big month".

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I said, "I really hope I win the Worlds this year.

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"I've been under so much stress and hard work

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"and I would really like this title."

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I do really want it, but I don't mind if I don't get it.

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They're just my own wee wishes in my own wee world.

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'In first place we have competitor 121,

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'Julia O'Rourke, Petri School, New York, USA.'

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APPLAUSE

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'In second place,

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'let's hear it for competitor 177.

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'Brogan McCay, McConomy School Derry, Northern Ireland.'

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APPLAUSE

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Award-winning filmaker Sue Bourne goes behind the normally closed doors of the world of competitive Irish dance in a documentary telling the story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships. Thousands of dancers, their families and teachers from around the world descend on Glasgow for seven drama-filled days.


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