Irish dancers devote weekend to shows

Emily Dubec-Hunter, Staff Writer

Dancing for green garbed crowds, freshman Elena Thoms, sophomore Casey Schauman and seventh grader Kara D. spent most of their St. Patrick’s Day weekend spreading the luck of the Irish as they traveled around the county putting on eight Irish dancing shows.

As members of the Rondeau School of Irish Step Dancing, the official dancers of Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub, they perform shows there every year for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This year, they had five shows downtown, and a few in Vero Beach and Titusville.

“The shows are really fun,” Thoms said. “There’s a lot of excitement and I know it’s a lot of fun to be up in front of all those people.”

Like Thoms, who has been dancing for 10 years, the dancers are used to the hectic schedule of the weekend.

“I’ve been dancing for seven years,” Kara said. “So I’m used to dancing a lot. The most difficult part is just the fact that we’re always going somewhere and doing something. There isn’t much time to relax between shows.”

Even between shows the girls are busy.

“After the shows we pass around a hat to raise money for Ireland,” Thoms said.

With this pot of gold, the senior dancers plan to travel to Ireland in the summer of 2016 to showcase their skills and see the sights. Two other groups have been on the trip before and performed at various pubs and even went cliff jumping.

“We’ve been working hard for the money,” Thoms said. “I can’t wait to go.”

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