"I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself" - Mikhail Baryshnikov
I found the quote above... and while Mikhail Baryshnikov is not an Irish Dancer... one can aspire to dance like him. I have this quote pinned to my wall at work. And I try to remember... I can only do better than I can do. Not someone else. Push myself, dance my best, work my hardest. Unfortunately, Irish Dance is so very subjective... so while I may feel that I danced my best... the judges may not agree with me. The opposite is true as well... I may not feel that I danced well enough to be placed... but sometimes there it is.
We recently had the first feis of the year, WinterFeis. Last year I missed it since I was out of town... this year I was daunted by the task of ALL. NEW. STEPS. Whew. I didn't do all of them. But I tackled most! And... there is definitely room for improvement.