By Allison Eatough
Irish dancing has taken Maryland — even the country — by storm. This is evident by the commitment that local families have invested in Irish dancing as well as the crowds of kids lining up to take lessons at Maryland area Irish dance schools.
Take the Stratmanns of Ellicott City, for example. They converted a barn on their property into a dance studio, so their daughter, Gaby, can practice Irish dancing.
The Peluras of Millersville built a wooden dance floor in their basement so their daughter, Isabella, could refine her steps.
And both families travel far and wide so their children can perform and dance competitively.
Photo: Gaby Stratmann and Isabella Pelura are ready to perform.