Irish Dancers Visit the Elderly this St. Patrick's Day


Three women were putting a glimmer in people's eyes one jig at a time all in the spirit of Irish heritage Monday in Stevens Point.

With the clap of a hand and the sound of Irish music, St. Patrick's Day was alive in spirit thanks to these ladies.

"People hear Irish music, I hear steps," Irish dancer Sarah Martin said.

Martin said she's been dancing for nearly a decade.

"Any traditional Irish dancer would say hands to the side because you'd get points taken off if you moved them," Martin said.

On Monday, she, Jenny and McKenna stopped at Riverview Lodge Assisted Living in Stevens Point to share their Irish moves.

"We are celebrating the holiday in spirit of St. Patrick's Day as we are the busiest on this day," Martin said.

While the holiday has these ladies dancing for the elderly, it has all of us younger folks spending.

The National Retail Federation reported that St. Patrick's Day spending this year is up to $4.8 billion, which is 2 percent more than 2013.

And who may be spending their luck on this day the most? People aged 18-24 will make up 77 percent of those out and about this green holiday.

So while the young lads and ladies may be the most tired the following day from spending and drinking, these ladies will be exhausted from dancing .

"It's a tiring workout because we mostly do our legs," Martin said.

They'll be tired from dancing to the Irish music we love on this holiday.

"Irish music is so universal, and everyone knows it," Martin said.


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