I grew up playing Division I soccer. Playing at that level required matching team bags, an expensive team trainer, expensive Adidas uniforms, etc. I also danced on the drill team which required fire engine red lipstick, obnoxious nude tights, and bold uniforms for the football field. It really hacks me off when I see people slam competitive Irish dancers for wearing wigs, makeup, and shiny dresses. Everyone accepts the needs of other competitive events yet competitive Irish dance is viewed as a “hobby”. Kinda like the 2 foot doctors I took my daughter to who just looked at her feet and casually said, “Just don’t dance anymore.” because after all, she’s just an Irish dancer. If she had been a competitive soccer player it would’ve been a very different conversation. Ranting here so I don’t hijack someone else’s FB post. KEEP ROCKIN’ WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO COMPETE IN! And for those who like to judge seriously talented athletes doing their thing in competitive Irish dance - feck off.