Former Dancer Spotlight: Lindsey H.
Name: Lindsey H.
How long have you been dancing? Why Irish dance? Do you still dance?
My mom started me in Irish dance at the age of 3. My mom Irish danced, and my aunt danced, and my grandma watched a lot of Riverdance, so it only made sense that I would Irish dance too. After my first dance class in an old church basement, a 16-year competitive Irish dance career followed. My last time on stage was Vancouver nationals in 2019, but I still dance around the kitchen, and, of course, visit the studio when I am home from college.
If you could meet any historical or famous person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could meet any famous person, I would meet Taylor Swift. First off, she is an absolute icon and I think I would melt if I met her. Second, one time I stole a traffic cone from her driveway in Watch Hill, and it is one of my most prized possessions. And third, Spotify told me that I am in the top 1% of her listeners this year. This is one of my biggest accomplishments and it took a lot of hard work and dedication to become this big of a fan.
What was your favorite SRL memory?
SRL has provided me with so many opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime. Some range from laughing so hard in yoga class Courtney made me leave, to recalling at the North American Championships. But if I had to pick just one memory, I would choose the All Irelands in 2016. Even though I didn’t make the recall that year, it was such a fun trip! Especially when I got back to CT and Courtney gave me a quiz on the history of Ireland, and I failed it.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Why?
If I could have a superpower, I think I would choose shapeshifting. I always wonder what it would be like in someone else’s shoes and shapeshifting would allow me to gain this perspective. It would also be awesome to know what it would be like to be a cow, or a shark, or a dinosaur.
Why do you think people dance?
When there are no words to explain how you feel, you express yourself through dance. I remember there would be nights when I had lots of homework to do, or I wanted to go to a football game, or I was tired, but when I walked through those studio doors I knew it was my time to work. And when I walked out of those doors at the end of the night, I felt like a better person than when I walked in those doors early that night.
What’s your favorite outdoor winter activity and why?
My favorite outdoor activity is skiing. I go to school in Boulder, Colorado so hopefully I will get some good ski days in this year. While this is my favorite outdoor activity, it was not Courtney’s favorite activity of mine. I am a rather accident-prone person, so the added chance of injury was not appreciated by Courtney.
If you had to work, but didn’t need the money, what would you do?
If I did not have to worry about doing adult things like paying bills, I think I would travel around the world and experience everything this planet has to offer (going to outer space would be cool too). As of right now, I am not really exactly sure what I want to do when I grow up, but hopefully I can someday share my passion of Irish dance with others.
What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?
In the crazy world of Irish Dance, where there are so many things that you cannot control, I would only focus on what I could control. It didn’t matter which judges were judging or which dancers were dancers, the only thing that mattered was how I danced. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the commotion, but when you walk off that stage, the only thing that really matters is how you danced.
How do you think your time at SRL positively affects your everyday life as an adult?
I often find myself doing a little jig with my fingertips or a little treble with my feet. But Irish Dance trained me to have a very high stamina, physical and mental. Courtney was the best at pushing her dancers towards their goals. I know how to work towards long term goal without being worn out, and to push through to the very end.
What’s the most important quality to have in life?
Growing up, every day when we walked down the stairs before school my brother and I had to hit a poster that said, “Win the Day”. The constant reminder to be a better person at the end of the day than when I woke up that morning instilled a strong sense of drive in me. My drive has allowed me to accomplish all of the things that I have wanted to so far.
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