Dance : Weekly Photo Challenge

There can only be one dance..Riverdance with Michael Flatley, which stunned and amazed the world when it was first performed as the ‘interval entertainment’ during a break in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 in Dublin.

It still gives me goosebumps to watch it and to remember the first time I saw it.  I was living in Harare, Zimbabwe, and was sitting late one night when everyone else had gone to bed, searching for the Eurovision on our satellite dish.  At that time satellite dishes were new to Zimbabwe, our dish was about 6 meters in diameter, and we had to hire a crane to position it behind our garage.   We lived on a hill and according to the ‘experts’ at the time, that was the best place to pick up a signal.   Picking up a signal had to be done manually with the control, and every time you tried to fine tune the dish, it moved a fraction, and made a noise.   Eventually I found a snowy picture , just before the intermission, and watched the very first airing of THE Dance, it might have been a little fuzzy, but the sound was great, and my reaction afterwards was the same as the audience, a very big WOW!

I hope you enjoy this version with the lovely Jean Butler and a very young Michael Flatley, the picture is not a bit fuzzy, unlike my first viewing, but it is still mesmerising.


Where were you when you first saw Riverdance?



Weekly Writing Challenge : Moved by the Music

A Song that Triggers a Memory

The song/music that triggers a huge memory for me is Riverdance, which was played for the first time as the interval entertainment during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Dublin.   Look how famous it has got from that first performance.

In 1994 I was living in Zimbabwe, and we had recently acquired a satellite dish.   Mind you this dish was not the piddly little type that you see on the side of houses nowadays, but a great big enormous 6m dish, guaranteed to pick up anything, provided it was pointing in the right direction.   When it was being installed, we had to hire a great big crane to lift it over our garage and some trees, because, apparently, that was the best place to get a signal!   Needless to say when we moved house we didn’t bring the dish with us.  It was an analogue dish, and had to be controlled by the remote control, you scanned up and down like an old transistor radion, till you found something you liked, and then fine tuned to get rid of the snow and interference, it was not a job for the faint hearted!

On the night in question I was up late after everyone else went to bed, and was trying to find the Eurovision broadcast,  eventually I hit on a station, just before the interval, and watched Michael Flatley and Jean Butler perform their dance.   Like everyone else, I sat mesmerised and all I could say at the end was ‘WOW’ I still get goosebumps today whenever I hear or see them perform.    Many performers have come and gone since then, and Michael Flatley has formed his own group, and  Jean has given her role to someone else, but I think nobody will ever compare to those two stars, who will ever forget the beautiful Irish cailin, Jean Butler, and Michael Flatley with his flowing locks and flying feet.

Enjoy the memory.  Did you see the first performance almost 20 years ago, and were you enraptured by it?

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