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Local entrepreneur Casey Costello featured in Notable Magazine


PHOTO COURTESY CASEY COSTELLO/ALAN DEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Vaudreuil-Dorion resident Casey Costello gets nod of professional recognition from prestigious online lifestyle magazine Notable.ca.

It’s considered quite the coup to be mentioned on Notable.ca, an online lifestyle magazine for “driven young professionals.” Casey Costello, who runs Costello Irish Dance in Vaudreuil-Dorion, was featured February 11 on Notable.ca as ‘Today’s Notable Young Professional.’

“I was excited to be part of a Notable article,” said Costello. “I love Notable. It’s a news website for millennials, essentially, and I read it all the time.”

Costello, who is 31, said he approached Notable asking if he could be featured to advertise his new dance school. He knew a woman who used to write for the magazine.

“When they agreed to feature me, I thought it was pretty cool,” he said.

How does it feel to be seen as a role model for driven millennials?

“I guess it feels pretty good,” said Costello, who spent 15 years as a competitive Irish dancer. “I do have a lot of drive. Something I value is making a difference and making an impact. I really want to push that as far as I can with my dance school and if I’m a role model in doing that, then that’s awesome. I love it.”

Costello grew up in Pointe Claire and started Irish dancing with the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing 19 years ago — when he was 12 years old.

“I got my teaching certification a year and a half ago and I opened my dance school in September, about six months ago,” he said.

Pursuing his dream of running an Irish dance school involves balancing the rest of his life, including a full-time job, with running the school. “The main classes are on Saturdays and then I also teach on Sundays and I give private lessons on Wednesday evenings,” Costello said. He handles the business side, including marketing and finances, before and after work.

As for advice for others, Costello said finding his purpose and figuring out why he was opening a dance school made everything easier. “Everything was much clearer and all my decisions are a lot easier to make.

“I know that I’m pursuing not only my passion but also my purpose. I know that it ties into the reason why I’m here,” he said. “It’s hard to explain but it just feels absolutely amazing and it’s the type of feeling that I think everyone in the world should experience. And I want everyone to experience it so to figure out your purpose, create your own version of Costello Irish Dance and then within that try to be as clear as you possibly can be with why you’re actually doing it because there’s a lot of things we love in life but we don’t necessarily dedicate our entire lives to something that we love.”

Costello continues, “I love candy but I just enjoy eating it sometimes every now and then. I’m not going to dedicate my life to it. It comes down to even more than love. You have to figure out your why, why you’re actually doing it because it goes way deeper than just love.”

You can read Notable.ca’s feature on Casey Costello at http://notable.ca/casey-costello-todays-notable-young-professional/

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