A typical Feet of Flames tour would require at least two weeks of group rehearsals, but what if they only got two days?
The Feet of Flames is an intense high-adrenalin spectacle featuring the most competitive Irish dancers duke out their best moves through precise and almost god-like synchronization. When the beat is loud and robust, even the slightest mistake can resonate through the performance.
So it’s not a surprise that The Lord of The Dance dedicated a significant amount of time just to rehearse.
To make matters even more complicated, the two-day rehearsal came after two weeks of hotel quarantine where the dancers stayed in their rooms. The quarantine, in turn, was preceded by nine months of inactivity when the world was put on pause. Not to mention that more than half of this specific troupe was composed of new dancers. This earned this leg the notorious nickname “The Impossible Tour”
But that didn’t stop the crew from proving why they are one of the best shows on Earth. Day two of their rehearsals meant that they needed to perform for the Taiwanese press.
Eyes and cameras are watching their every move as they showcased what they have been practicing for two days.
The show starts with a woman dancing along with a rock tune where she pretends, at some points of her solo performance, to be doing a guitar solo.
The music suddenly transitions to the familiar tune of an Irish jig where Creative Director James Keegan took his position to lead the troupe.
Big confident strides ushered in the lines of dancers who were all smiles, fully poised to get on the road.
Sole, toe, stomp, and step. Their precise movements resonated in unison as back lines stepped in a full-throttle performance.
The whole troupe joined in, tap dancing and stomping to the beat in a beautiful rhythm of clockwork precision.
If performing in a tightly paced dance is difficult, try dancing where you have to rely on the cues of your dance section. Everything was timed perfectly and precisely.
One line claps, an entire section jigs. They switch the beat and the moves, but no one’s missing their cues.
It even featured a tap dance solo from their lead where the troupe followed up on his every move. Answering to his steps and signals and well-timed maneuvers.
Camera lights are flashing and the videos are rolling. Whatever mistake is made during this moment will be caught and immortalized on the internet.
But The Lord of the Dance rose to the challenge and gave an exhilarating high precision performance.
In the end, the dance crew showcased why the Feet of Flames is the commercial flagship of Irish Dancing – a show that was intended to sell out stadiums.
You can watch the complete performance that was rehearsed for only two days in the video below.
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