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The Spasskaya Tower Jersey - our journey to Russia

When I was contacted by Darya Markosyan (Carey Academy Russia) to design and supply jerseys for the dancers performing at the Spasskaya Tower Festival, I had a very limited understanding of the extent of this event that attracts international dignitaries and an audience of over 70,000 from around the world.  Essentially the Spasskaya Tower Festival is a cross cultural event of huge significance in Russia.  ]Through further communication with Darya, I learned that International Dance Team features 36 Irish dancers from 6 different schools across Russia, Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic (Carey Academy Russia, Ronan Morgan School, Iridan academy, Ceilidh School, Red Star Academy, Avalon Academy, McGahan Lees, Instep School and Greenwood School).  Artistic director of the team was Maria...

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More than just a 'jersey'...

A jersey can hold a lot of significance for the person wearing it and who they are wearing it for.  This person can be an athlete representing team and country, a supporter wearing it with pride in team and country or someone who just likes the colour and design!  For the athlete wearing a jersey, it communicates; “this is who I am, what I do and who I do it for”.

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Happy Feet - Training in Comfort

Blisters are an ongoing issue for athletes; dancers, runners, hikers and although they are not considering an 'injury', a dancer can be extremely limited by having blisters or being 'prone' to blisters.  Interestingly, it's not 'rubbing' on the surface of the skin that causes blistering, it's something called 'shear' - where the layers of skin move over each other underneath the top layer of skin until eventually a tear occurs that does the damage. Every dancer has a 'blister story' - the one that was really bad and took time to heal (and you may have taken a photo, because it looked so bad!).  What dancers may not realise is the damage done by a significant blister can make them...

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