St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration, but not necessarily for Irish dancers. For them it’s a day – often several days — of performances, long prepared for and much anticipated.
Take the dancers in the O’Hare School of Irish Dance, which holds classes in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff as well as Des Plaines and Chicago. The girls have been donning their “bun wigs,” “poodle socks,” solo dresses, and hard and soft shoes to perform all weekend. And they have several more dances lined up for Tuesday morning, including at the School of St. Mary’s primary grade center, Lake Bluff Park District’s preschool, Lake Bluff Elementary School and Rondout Elementary School.
And for some of the dancers, the school performances will come after a very early morning performance at the Channel 2 News TV station at about 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Look for them on the program between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Over the weekend, the dancers performed at The Knights of Columbus fundraiser in Schiller Park, the St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan, the LEAD event at Lake Forest Academy, and the North West Side Irish parade. Here they are in recent performances: