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From left, Erin Hieb, 8, and Kaleigh Scofield, (Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Erin Hieb, 8, and Kaleigh Scofield, 10, rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Preparing for St. Patrick's Day

Members of the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River practice as many St. Patrick's Day events begin in the Hudson Valley this weekend. (Feb. 28, 2013)

From left, Erin Hieb, 8, and Kaleigh Scofield,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Erin Hieb, 8, and Kaleigh Scofield, 10, rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Bridget Riordan, 10, of Clifton, N.J. rehydrates after
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Bridget Riordan, 10, of Clifton, N.J. rehydrates after dance class at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

From left, Ciara Rhodes, 14, and Jillian Scanlon,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Ciara Rhodes, 14, and Jillian Scanlon, 11, both of Pearl River take their turn crossing the floor during dance class at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. (Feb. 28, 2013)

From left, Kate Mahoney, 9, of West Nyack,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Kate Mahoney, 9, of West Nyack, Eden Sullivan, 11 of Nyack, Deidre Young, 11, of Airmont, Fiona Young, 8,of Airmont, Erin McCabe, 9, of Pearl River, Charlotte Helson, 8, of Harrington, N.J. Cara Costello, 9, of Pearl River and Erin Hieb, 8, of Pearl River take dance classes at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Jillian Scanlon, 11, of Pearl River practices jumps
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Jillian Scanlon, 11, of Pearl River practices jumps during dance class at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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Bridget Riordan, 10, of Clifton, N.J. switches from
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Bridget Riordan, 10, of Clifton, N.J. switches from soft shoes to hard for the second half of class at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Instructor Ellen Riordan helps Jillian Scanlon, 11, of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Instructor Ellen Riordan helps Jillian Scanlon, 11, of Pearl River stretch before dance class at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dancers rehearse their routines at the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River. They have about a dozen performances coming up at nursing homes, assisted living centers, Elks Clubs and community celebrations for St. Patrick's Day in the next three weeks. They will also dance in the St. Patrick's Day in Pearl River on March 17. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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