On March 11, 2020, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was placed on the injury list because of an unspecified sickness. The Jazz were set to play the Thunder in Oklahoma City, but after Gobert went to an area hospital, he tested positive for COVID-19. It was an especially ironic diagnosis, considering only two days before, he had downplayed the threat of coronavirus and playfully touched all the mics at a postgame press conference.

COVID-19 has had an undeniable impact on the mental and physical health of millions of people across the world. Within the small bubble of Irish dance, the repercussions have been unprecedented. Although the 2001 Worlds were cancelled due to an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease in the UK, the North American Nationals was still able to proceed as normal, and almost acted like a substitute Worlds for that year.

The 50th anniversary Worlds in Dublin, which fell smack in the middle of the first wave, was cancelled. It had been postponed by a year because of the 2001 Worlds…

A personal account of the hobby that helped and harmed me in equal measure.

One of the photos I captured during my time taking dance portraits. (© Danielle Stillman, 2016)

In the summer of 2000, in a vacant rental bungalow, I was thirteen and taking my first steps in the dance class that would change my life. I’d never really participated in any sort of organized physical activity. I was a Girl Scout and spent a lot of time at the library as a bookish kid. I spent one weekend sailing, got horribly sunburned, and never went back. I did horseback riding, but besides the exhausting days we’d pull grooming and tacking forty horses, that didn’t…

Josh Harris is separating from his wife, and that is sad. Harris has been on something of an apology tour — even appearing in a documentary on the topic (though the fact that he was involved in production makes the project a little spurious.) Of course I wouldn’t wish the emotional upheaval of divorce on anyone, especially a relationship with kids, but this feels way more monumental than any half-hearted “sorry” he could have offered. It feels like the final nail in the coffin that following the “rules” down to the letter doesn’t unlock everything you want or a perfect…

Danielle Stillman

4th generation Houstonian, cat mom, trivia maven, retired Irish dancer, mental health professional in training. MSW ‘22

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