Monday, January 31, 2011

Spotlight on National Qualifiers - Maggie Wilkins

Maggie Wilkins - Senior Ladies

After spending four years away from Irish Dance, I retired in 2005, I just couldn’t stay away. Irish dance is my passion and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.  I started dancing in 1997 with Ni’Fherraigh O’Ceallaigh under the watchful eye of Joanne Vanderloo and Yvonne Kelly. I am so bless to of had them to guide me in the early years of my dance career. They helped me to develop into the woman and dancer I am today. I have been to the Eastern Canadian Championships and the North American Championships several times, as well I attended the All-Irelands in Belfast. I have competed in solos, ceili and production competitions. Two of my favourite memories would be dancing at All-Irelands and performing half-time at the ACC for a Raptors game on St.Patrick’s Day. There’s nothing like 19,800 people watching you dance.

Coming back to Irish Dance and dancing for Gilchrist- Canavan has been an absolute joy but has had it’s challenges as well. I quickly realized that I wasn’t the “spring chick” that I use to be and that Irish Dance was much more physically demanding in a woman’s body.  I love Sinead, Patricia and Cathy and would like to thank them for taking the time to work with me and help me become the best dancer possible and teacher in the near future.

I would like to send a shout out to all the dancers heading to worlds and the nationals this year. Dance like you’ve trained to dance and love every moment of it. GO GIL-CAN GO!

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