Bridget Flynn has students competing.
"They can qualify for worlds or nationals, so it's very important," she said.
The earliest known reference of Irish step dancing in the U.S. occurred in Philadelphia in 1789, and Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas is carrying on that tradition. They do it in Center City every year, just one day after Thanksgiving, with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
"It's what I love, it's my passion and the gift I was given," said Owen Lubber, one of the many male dancers who say dancing in Philadelphia during Thanksgiving weekend is a family tradition.
There are eight categories, and dancers can compete as a team or individually. Competitions run through Sunday.