When asked what advice she would give dancers today, Butler said “(What I would tell them) if they wanted to listen – and I never listened when I was young – is that they need to know that dancing is not just about the body.”
"They (the young dancers) need to know that to have a full life as a dancer, you have to get rid of this idea of perfectionism.”
"You need to cultivate your brain: feed your mind and body. You need to have that connection because when a performer is fulfilled, they have this presence which everybody talks about.”
I don’t like it when people say, “I don’t understand why so-and-so is upset. They should be happy that they placed so high. Don’t they know others would love that placing.” Ok, so I get that others would like that placing. BUT everyone has goals and when…
Alright. With all the oireachtases over and done, and worlds, nationals, or whatever people are training for these days right around the corner, it’s time everyone treated themselves to some new practice tunes!
Here is the list of every practice track/album/artists you could possibly want. And…
You're totally getting swamped with asks, but I just wanted to stop by and say that I think you're a really admirable person for dealing with disappointment so maturely and still inspiring others. :) I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you.
hi caiti! I saw you at SRO rushing down the hallway when i was practicing and wow you are so gorgeous! my younger sister turned to me and goes "that girl is soperfect i want to look like her!" and i was like omg i know her from tumblr shes amazing! my little sister even dragged me up to the front so we could watch your age group(: even though you didn't reach your goal, just know that people look up to you, including me and my sister. please dont get discouraged now! You will rock at nans ok?
I wasn't at the SRO, and I don't really know you, but I thought you should know just how proud I am of you. In the pictures I saw of your age group, you accepted your disappointment with great grace and graciousness. Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely die to place nineteenth in a group as large as yours- that's still absolutely incredible- but I know you are/were upset. Even in your disappointment, you are being a wonderful example of grace not only on stage, but off. You should be so proud.
I tried so hard to just make sure I kept a good attitude on stage and not let myself show that I was upset. Thank you times a thousand for being so nice, I appreciate this message so much.
Were you at the American Pride feis? Because I saw a girl with a dress that lookef exactly like yours and I thought it was you. I was going to say hi but thought it might be weird incase it wasn't you XD
Hey caiti, just wanted to say that I love your blog and you seem like such a cool person and I know you're a great dancer. Remember that the hard days are where champions are made. You're going to crush it in 2014 girl, stay awesome
Aw thank you!!! You’re right and I can’t wait to start working towards nationals
i just wanted to let you know that discovering your blog made me love the culture of irish dancing. I used to just like to dance, but you honestly opened my eyes up to the world of competitive irish dancing and I love you a lot for doing that :-)
Ah I’m so happy I could do that! Even though things may be crazy at times competitive dancing is still fun and I’m happy I could help get you interested :)
One of the Judges at my Oireachtas got confused with the last years winning in the age group with my friend who i beat at every feis she won the Jig round and i was beyond mad, the point is i didnt reach my goal for my individual rounds dont stop working hard and use that sadness for strength and make the best come back EVER!
Oh that sucks I’m sorry :( I’m going to definitely use it to my advantage and try to make a comeback from it, I hope you can too!
i saw you dance on sunday and have to say you were amazing. results, well it is what is is. you cant change it, what happened happened. please dont let this bring you down. I love the way you dance, and I know you can kill it at nationals. show everyone what you really deserved(:
Aw, thank you!!! I’m already feeling better after getting everything off my chest and accepting that I got the placement I did and now I have to move forward and keep trying to accomplish my goals. Thank you I can’t wait for nationals, I’m going to try my best :)
I'm sorry that you're disappointed about your scores at Oireachtas. It's so hard. But just because you didn't place too well in your slip jig doesn't mean it was bad or wasn't enough, it could just mean that the other girls had a stronger round or the one thing that the judges were looking for. I'm sure it's really difficult for them to score so many dancers. I always find that softshoe is a more competitive round because most people are stronger with it. Im sure you danced amazingly regardless!
You’re definitely right in that so many people are good at soft shoe, it makes it harder to judge! I’m just going to work really hard on my soft shoe so hopefully it scores better at nationals. Thank you very much I appreciate it a lot :)
First I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love I’ve received from so many people on tumblr, especially the four amazing tumblr (but also real life) friends I have that continue to amaze me with their advice and support (you all know who you are, obviously). It has made the past few days a bit easier but also a bit harder, since I was sent questions about oireachtas pretty much nonstop. But all the kind words mean so much to me and I never ever dreamed that so many people would take the time to try and make me feel better.
Second, I want to explain a bit about what actually happened at oireachtas. My first round was a little rocky, as the girl I was dancing with fell so we had to redance the whole treble jig. It wasn’t my best and I knew I had to do a killer slip jig in order to make up for what I lacked in my second try at the hard shoe round. Soft shoe came around, and it felt amazing. I danced everything full out, didn’t get tired at all, and by the time I got off stage I was so happy and relieved that I actually started crying a little bit. My teacher was pleased, I was beyond pleased; even a TC that I’ve never met turned around and told me my slip jig was really lovely. So obviously I felt good. My set went well and I was feeling a lot better than after my hard shoe. But then came awards, and I didn’t qualify for worlds. I dropped 5 places from last year and got 19th. I was upset and disheartened but that didn’t even compare to what I felt when I got my results and saw that while my two hard shoe scores totaled between 114-120 points each, my slip jig got 24.5 points total. I got a 0, a 4.5, and a 20. I couldn’t believe it then and I still can’t believe it. Had it been in the 100 range I would have been well within qualifying for worlds, but it wasn’t even a quarter of that. I don’t know what I did wrong; it’s not like a test in school where you can physically see where you went wrong on a math problem. Literally all I know is that I was wrong. I mean, I got a first in this dance at a feis only two weeks ago, where I competed against the current oireachtas champion and lots of other qualifiers. If I had tripped or bumped into someone or made a mistake the scores would make more sense but nothing like that happened.
That’s why I’ve been avoiding all the questions asking what I got. I’m sad and confused and not sure how to fix something I thought was as good as I could possibly make it. The months of killing myself trying to balance dance and school didn’t pay off, and now I’m left with little satisfaction and a LOT of school-related stress. I’m sure I’ll come back after Christmas and start working for nationals but right now I’m going on a much needed break from dance. I hope you all understand if I don’t post much in the coming weeks.
Thank you again for everything!