Life is not about the number of breaths we take, but by the moments our breath is taken away.
This quote has had a strong impact in my life and a big reason for my love of travel. Each trip has a moment that takes my breath away and fuels the desire for new experiences, new cultures and new sights to see. Ireland had several of these moments but the one that stands out the most was seeing Riverdance Heartbeat of Home in Dublin.
I could feel the crowds excitement from the moment we arrived at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre located next to the Liffey River in Dublin.
Red light poles shot up from the ground at different angles with green benches. There were people from 2 to 92 years old all excited for the show. There was laughing, joking and dancing waiting in line to get inside. Once inside we found our seats and anxiously waited for the start. The lights lowered and then the show started with live music including the Bodhran (Irish Drum) and the thundering sound from the dancers. Being of Irish descent, the moment hit me like a ton of bricks watching the storyline. This was that moment that took my breath away! Tammilee looked at me and asked if I was ok, I wiped a couple tears back and said I couldn’t be happier. I held her hand tight and enjoyed the show.
The energy of the show was incredible. Everyone in the theater was on their feet for the last five minutes clapping along with a thundering applause at the end. Everyone made their way out of the theater afterwards with several people Irish Step dancing with their friends, waiting for cabs or just anywhere the moment struck them.
Heartbeat of Home is emotional, awe inspiring, captivating, and so much more! The fusion of Irish Step dance, hip hop and Latin dance showcases how connected we all are through music, dance and our lives.