Dancers Raising Money For Girl Injured In Boston Bombings

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- A local dance instructor is stepping up her efforts to help victims of the Boston bombing.

For Mary Clarkson and her Irish dancers, their recent trip to Boston was one they'll not soon forget.

“Usually in Ireland but this year they were in Boston and we had 35 of our students eligible to compete in the world championships so we all spent at least a week there,” said Mary Clarkson, director of Clarkson School of Irish Dance.

Which is why the tragic bombing that took place at the marathon has moved this 1st grade teacher from St. James the Greater Grade School in Dogtown.

“The little boy who was killed has a younger sister that's six who started Irish dancing at the Clifton academy when she was three and currently a dancer,” Clarkson stated. “So, immediately all our dancers felt a compassion for what a loss.”

Eight-year-old Martin Richard died in that bombing. His mother and 6-year-old sister Jane were severely injured from the blast.

“So not only did she lose her brother and her Mother had injuries, and she lost her leg.  So as a dancer, that's what it's all about,” said Clarkson.

And that's why Clarkson and her Irish dancers will hold a showcase Sunday, May 5th at Incarnate Word Academy High School Theatre.

Admission is free for the 2:30 performance and donations are encouraged.

“There is a strong connection when you're an Irish dancer.  Immediately you feel that common bond.  Your whole lifestyle revolves around the dance so we all feel like, 'We could know them,'” stated Clarkson.

And that's reason enough to step forward in a stranger's time of need.