Notre Dame Irish dance team to compete in All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgHaving Irish danced since she was a toddler, Notre Dame junior Addie Donaher said the adrenaline rush she gets walking out on stage is a sensation that has yet to waver in her career as a performer.“Being on stage is the reason that we all do it,” Donaher said. “You have those two minutes to get up on stage and show them, ‘I’ve been working for a whole year for these two minutes.’”As part of the Irish Echoes, Donaher — along with 7 other Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students — will be competing this weekend in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships. Photo courtesy of Hanna Dutler Members of the Irish Echoes, Notre Dame’s Irish dance group, compete in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships every year.Fresh off their annual showcase last January, the Irish Echoes are a Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish dance team consisting of roughly 70 members — the largest collegiate team in the nation, Donaher said.Members of the Ceili team — a subset of the Irish Echoes — were selected for the competition via tryout. The Ceili team is lead by juniors coach Hannah Dutler and assistant coach Emily Cline. Dutler and Cline are joined by seniors Caitlin O’Rourke, Rebecca Sidler, Kali Graziano and Lauren Tucker, juniors Donaher and Julia Forte and sophomores Kate Brown and Rachel Hughes.“I think everyone on the Ceili team has been dancing since they were three or four years old and has gone over to Ireland at least once or twice to compete,” Dutler said.The team flew out of Chicago on Tuesday night, landing in Dublin early Wednesday morning. After spending a day in the Irish capital, where they will get a chance to visit Notre Dame students currently studying abroad in Dublin, the women will be hopping on a bus to the competition’s host city, Killarney, a southwest Ireland town with around 14,000 residents.“Girls from all over the world come to compete, and then the competition that we’re in is a club Ceili competition,” Donaher said. “ … It’s like Irish clubs, [and] there’s a bunch of schools from the U.S.”With funding assistance from the Nanovic Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute, the team has been able to travel to Ireland seven of the past 10 years for this competition and have found themselves atop the podium every time.“We have won the last seven years that we have competed, so hopefully we make it eight,” Dutler said.Dutler also noted that although the teams are strictly business backstage while preparing for their performances, the event gives many of the women the unique opportunity to reconnect with Irish dancers they trained with at past studios who may also be in Killarney for the week’s festivities.Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s competition, however, both Donaher and Dutler said they are thankful to the Irish Echoes for giving them a chance to form the friendships they have in their three years with the team, and for allowing them to continue their passion for Irish dance into their collegiate lives.“We’re all really close, and we all had that love for Irish dance that made us want to go to a school that had a team and keep doing it,” Donaher said. “We both danced competitively our whole lives, so it was such a big part of our life. And then coming to college you kind of expect that to stop. But here, it doesn’t really have to.”Tags: Irish dance, Irish Dance Team, irish echoeslast_img read more

Back on the road: E-scooter service GrabWheels returns to Jakarta streets

first_imgElectric scooter rental service GrabWheels has made a comeback to the streets of Jakarta following months of hiatus since November last year.The return of the service, operated by ride-hailing decacorn Grab, follows the issuance of Transportation Ministery Regulation No. 45/2020 on electric-powered transportation signed by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on June 16.Grab Indonesia president Ridzki Kramadibrata said the company expected the service — relaunched on Thursday with the support of the Transportation Ministry and the Jakarta Police — to serve as an alternative solution for “first-mile and last-mile trips” for the people in the capital. “The public will be able to ride GrabWheels on designated lanes, such as bicycle lanes. We hope GrabWheels will be a solution for the public that will also contribute positively to the environment and the transportation ecosystem,” Ridzki said in a statement.Grab has added safety features for the relaunch, including transmitting sensors built into the scooters to limit their use in forbidden areas, such as pedestrian bridges, automatic lights and reflectors as well as a forced speed limit of 15 kilometers per hour.The company said it would also provide riders with health insurance and safety education through the Grab mobile app and roadshows. It also encourages riders to bring their own safety helmet.Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the company said, it would carry out routine disinfection of the electric vehicles at all seven Grabwheels stations in the capital. GrabWheels can be found in seven locations in Jakarta, namely Thamrin 10, Intiland Tower, Blok M Square, Blok M Mall, Kuningan City, Lotte Shopping Avenue and the BRI 2 Building, the company said, adding that more locations would be available in the future.“We will also constantly remind GrabWheels users to always follow [stringent] health and safety protocols,” Ridzki said.Jakarta Police community development director Sr. Comr. Badya Wijaya said in a statement that the police would supervise GrabWheels security at all stations, including customers’ compliance with the new safety protocols.In November last year, the Jakarta Transportation Agency banned users of electric scooters from roaming freely on the streets for safety reasons, shortly after two users had been hit by a car and died outside of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta.During the ban, the company only offered GrabWheels services in specific areas. Grab also provided the service for medical workers at Central Jakarta COVID-19 emergency hospitals to aid their mobility.Topics :last_img read more