17-year-old Drew Lovejoy has taken the world of Irish dancing by storm. The son
of a black Baptist father and a white Jewish mother, American born Drew does not know where he got his love of Irish dancing from. He thinks it might have something to do with the Fred Astaire
and Gene Kelly movies his mother played for him.
His mother Andee Goldberg didn't think it would be possible for a mixed-race boy from Ohio to become part of the Irish dance world but clearly Drew had other ideas.
In the world of Irish dance Drew has excelled and has now won the All-Ireland Dancing Championship in Dublin for the third year in a row.
In his rural hometown things are different. Drew, his mother and his father Donald Goldberg moved to Greenville when he was nine-years-old. His mother and Lovejoy’s birth father, Terrance Lovejoy, had parted ways when their son was a baby.
Being a dancer isn’t a usual hobby for a boy in Greenvile, and a mixed-race teen living in a predominantly white town.
In fact bullying became so bad at school his mother took him out and started him in an online education program.
Drew loves his background and sees it as an advantage in the dancing world. He is driven to excel and once danced an entire competition on seven broken toes.