Hi, I'm Katie Van Horn. I'm a U18 World Recaller and I love Irish dancing more than anything else in the world.
We're getting stronger now, find things they never found, they might be bigger, but we're faster and never scared.
Worlds goal: to be the one that no one can forget.
How do you revive a wig? Because mine is really matted underneath from the sequins on my dress. I was wondering if you knew how to fix it up? xxx
Well if it’s underneath the judges won’t really see it anyways but I always cut off the really frizzy or matted curls before competitions! Not a ton of curls but just some of the ratty ones and it seems to help!
My ankles really really really really hurt badly. Is that normal? Anything I can do to lessen the pain?
It depends on what part is hurting and what type of pain and a lot of other factors! I would ask your dance teacher or a doctor to see what’s going on and what could help
Any advice on when you're feeling like you'll never be good enough? I feel like girls I thought I was better than have been beating me a lot lately. I want to WQ one day but I also know the percentage of dancers that actually do is so small, and I want to be okay with the fact that it may never happen but sometimes I feel like all the tumblr dancers and the culture today is that if you dont WQ you arent good and your dance career means nothing.
Okay so literally only 1% of the Irish dancing population qualifies for worlds so if your dance career means nothing if you don’t world qualify then that means that 99% of all Irish dancers have meaningless dance careers… which is just not true. There are THOUSANDS of incredible dancers that never make it to worlds. Dancers that I watch and think “wow they’re so amazing” and yet the opinions of a few judges prevent them from dancing on the world stage. Your dancing has meaning whether you dance at worlds or not. As long as you are passionate and as long as you put everything you have into your dancing, your dancing/ dance career is worth SO MUCH. I hate watching technically perfect dancers that look angry or bored or unexcited while they’re dancing. To me, a dancer with passion and excitement about his/her dancing is so much more enjoyable to watch than someone who only cares about winning. And anyways, YOU SHOULD NEVER RESIGN YOURSELF TO NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE WORLDS. Before I qualified I thought about the possibility of never qualifying as well, and as soon as I cast that mindset aside I did it. You always have potential. And while not qualifying for worlds is not a bad thing under ANY circumstances, there’s always a chance that you could; and if you work hard enough you will. Cast your negative thoughts aside, work your hardest, and focus on competing against yourself rather than others. Hope this helps, good luck with everything.
This year I transferred schools and I am beyond determined to like you, make sure no one can forget me. I qualified for worlds this year but i cant go because of my ban. I just want to thank you for inspiring me to never forget that if i practice and practice and practice some more i can achieve anything and to never stop loving dance. xx
This made me tear up. I’m so happy that I could inspire you. I can’t wait to hear how everything plays out for you! I’m sure you’ll make all your goals :)
I think you should get a new dress
Why it’s literally just a fancy piece of cloth used to cover ones body whilst dancing. And I happen to be obsessed with my current fancy piece of cloth.
Just wanted to let you all know that I am not associated with the “irishdancingdiaries” instagram page that has popped up because some people have asked me about it.
are there any videos on YouTube of you dancing?
No! There used to be one of my hornpipe from worlds last year but I had to ask for the person who posted it to delete it or put it on private because at my school we’re not allowed to have videos of our steps on the internet.