East Texan connects with heritage through dancing

Jeanine Tagg

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 5:01pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 5:27pm

Irish dancing runs in the veins of Lindale Junior High Student Elizabeth Tagg. "If you haven't danced, then you haven't lived," said Elizabeth. She said it's a way to connect with her heritage, and enjoy what she loves, dancing .In the 1960's Elizabeth's dad, along with his family, immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland...packing along a bit of Irish flare. "My husband is very much involved in it, he thought it was wonderful with his heritage that especially that she was involved, and she's always been interested in it too," said Jeanine Tagg, Elizabeth's mom.

Elizabeth's first kick of Irish dance was at a renaissance festival in Kilgore, and a local group was performing. She knew immediately she wanted to join in. Now she competes across the country, and has proven that she's leaps and bounds above the competition. However, that doesn't mean she's never nervous. "It's very scary sometimes if you're standing up there and all of a sudden the music starts, then you have to walk up there at a certain time, point at a certain time, rise up on your toes at a certain time, and begin at a certain time," said Elizabeth.

She competes about once a month, and the whole family tags along. "It's wonderful to see her up there, shes grown so much as a dancer," said Mrs. Tagg.

With hard work and a little bit of Irish luck, Tagg dreams of making it to the world championship. All trophies aside, its her passion for dancing that keeps her leaping forward. She said, "whenever you dance, you're putting all the things on your shoulders back, and you're dancing to the beat and you can feel it inside you, its like you're weightless."

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