The “Electric Light Solo Dress” was always a priority project of Feis Dads, and often described as “The Holy Grail” among some of the more hard core members. Several of us even we went so far as to test a prototype at a Southern Region Feis a couple three years back.
Regrettably, we still hadn’t managed to overcome the power requirements and several of the TCRGs at the Feis started whining about the extension cord interfering with their dancers. God some people can be just insufferable! Anyway, we switched to a ceiling drop in the slip jig but something went wrong with the take-up reel resulting in a short circuit. Our dancer panicked and wouldn’t stand still long enough… and, oh the humanity!
Thank God for the prohibition on photography “whilst in motion”.
Luckily, we were able to convince the local constabulary that it was a hideous case of “Spontaneous Human Combustion” and the dancer’s mother even confided in us that she didn’t think her daughter would ever get out of prizewinner anyway.
At that year’s annual Feis Dad meeting (some people would refer to it as, “Those two fellars sitting at the end of the bar”), we vowed never again to create an “Electric Light Solo Dress”, just like the court order said.
We were free to concentrate our efforts and meager funding on the newly rejuvenated “Irish Dancer Cam” project.