'Irish' freshman dances his way to Dublin

Posted under Apple Valley,Rosemount on Friday 7 January 2011 at 3:05 pm

by Jessica Harper

Thisweek Newspapers 

From the moment Evan Lowe first saw an Irish dance performance at St. Paul’s Harriet Island, he knew he was hooked.

All he wanted from then on was to become a famous dancer.

“The music is so inspiring,” said Lowe, a 14-year-old freshman at Rosemount High School.

Now Lowe is one step closer to fulfilling his dream as he heads to Dublin, Ireland, in April to compete in the World Irish Dancing Championships.

This will be Lowe’s first trip overseas.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I think that everything happens for a reason.”

As an Irish descendent, Lowe said he is excited to explore his ancestral homeland.

He said he would love to take along his mom, Patty Spencer, whose mother is an Irish immigrant.

It is her heritage that drives much of Lowe’s passion for the dance.

“It gives me meaning of where we came from since mom was adopted, and we don’t know much about her heritage aside from that,” he said.

Spencer said it has been her life-long dream to visit Ireland, but she does not have the funds, adding that they plan to hold fundraisers to help pay for Lowe’s trip.

Lowe started performing Irish dances with a local school when he was 7 years old, and quickly moved to its top level.

By the time he was in eighth grade, Lowe was itching to compete so he joined O’Shea Irish Dance in St. Paul.

His teacher and the school’s founder, Cormac O’Shea, is an original “Riverdance” performer.

In June, Lowe won the Mid-America Oireachtas regional championship in Chicago, which enabled him to qualify for the world championship.

Lowe took home four awards, including the traveling championship trophy.

Lowe said he hopes the championships will help launch a dancing career after high school. He said he would like to join the Trinity Irish Dance Company in Chicago.

“It would mean a lot for me to get into the show,” he said.

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