Buying Christmas gifts or new items that need labelling? Support McConnell School of Dance Student Association by ordering Mabel's Labels.
It is a simple easy process.
1) Visit the website, www.mabelslabels.com
2) Click the “Support A Fundraiser” button located on the top of your screen
3) Select your School/Organization or Camp from the drop-down list.
4) Start ordering.
20% of your order will go to McConnell School of Dance Student Association to pay for water for students. As an added bonus, you can save 10% by putting in the code McConnell10 when you complete your form. This code is good until March, 2016 so tell your friends and family to order as well.
Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival - January 28th – January 30th, 2016
All Brandon dancers are invited to perform at the Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival, sponsored by the Irish Society of Western Manitoba.
1) Please confirm your participation with Mary-Margaret by no later than Saturday, December 19th 2) If you wish to book a room at the Victoria Inn, please confirm with Tracy Balagus by no later than Saturday, December 19th
Irish Pavilion & Hotel Location Royal Oak Inn - 3130 Victoria Ave, Brandon Hotel Check In 3:00 PM Check Out 11:00 AM *Rooms are offered at a discount rate through the Irish Society of Western Manitoba. In order to receive the discount rooms MUST be reserved through Tracy Balagus email@example.com
Brandon Performance Dates: Friday, January 29th (evening) and Saturday, January 30th (afternoon & evening)
More information and performance schedule will follow in the new year.
We will be holding a pot luck dinner for dancers
and parents and Secret Santa gift exchange on Saturday, December 19thfrom 12:30 - 3:00 PM. Please note, classes for all levels will run
from 11:00 - 12:30 PM on December 19th,
so we don’t lose valuable rehearsal time before our performances for Winter
Secret Santa Names will be chosen on Saturday, December 5th. If you are
unable to attend this class, a name will be selected on your behalf. If you do not wish to participate in the gift
exchange please let us know before Saturday, December 5th.
of the "rules" we have for our gift exchange:
A limit of $10
No gift cards please
Homemade gifts are welcome and sometimes more personal
Label your gift without signing your name.
We ask that all gifts be brought to class on Saturday, December 19th.
will have a sign -up sheet for the potluck supper.
you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us!
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Paul teaches private lessons (not just Irish music) which you can join at any time during the year and take weekly or bi-weekly lessons. I offer Irish Traditional Music Classes for all instruments/all levels. My classes are in 12-week terms @ $240/term Advance registration is required. This is a steal of a deal!!! Only $20/hour for top level instruction (if I do say so myself..... smile emoticon If you plan to sign up for the term that starts in January (next month!) - please contact me (or the WCMusic) soon. In my classes you will learn authentic Irish traditional music and style including Rhythm, Tunes, Technique, Ornamentation, plus you will learn about the Tradition (tune history, style history, great players, regional styles etc etc)I also offer private lessons (weekly or bi-weekly) for anyone interested. So ....what are you waiting for? Don't miss this opportunity! Improve your skills....learn new ones....develop your understanding of Traditional Irish Music. Please share this info with anyone who might be interested. PS - don't forget our Christmas Ceili on Dec 13th at the WCMusic in Winnipeg. Susan Hammer
To all members of McConnell School of Dance Students
As the holiday season approaches, the MSDSA board
generally collects for a family from the Cheer Board. This year we discussed
trying something different to help some of the unfortunate people who may be
out on the streets alone this Christmas. We hope to help more people and give
them the hope and love everyone deserves at this special time of year.
What we will be gathering is a list of specific items
that will be placed in strong Ziploc bags (supplied) and given out to those on
the street. They will be called Blessing Bags. The children of the dance
divisions will be asked to make inspirational or thoughtful cards that will be
placed in the bag with the items. If a family would like to take a couple of
the filled bags and hand them out personally to someone they may see often out
on the street, you are welcome to do so. Otherwise we will bring them to one of
the shelters like Siloam Mission to hand out as people visit the shelter during
the Christmas Season. Suggestions for donated items are below.
There will be a box left in the studio to collect any
items you may wish to donate.
Dancers are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as well!
McConnell School of Dance
Below are the basic
guidelines for McConnell Dancers and Parents attending competitions. We have quite a few dancers who are attending
their first or second competition so parents, please take the time to go
through the information with your competing dancer so everyone is prepared for
the feile. If you have questions, please
availability is limited during competitions as CRN Teachers are required to
volunteer at the Feile.
mindful of instructor’s time at competitions.
discuss school business with instructors as their attention must be focused on
have important questions, feel free to ask Tracy or your Instructors, but keep
in mind our time is limited and we have a responsibility to CRN and the other
Solo costumes are not
permitted in Bungrad or Ullmhuchan levels with the exception of dancers over
18. Solo costumes may be worn in
Meangrad, Ardgrad, and Craobhgrad levels by dancers of any age
All school costumes are registered with CRN so please wear
appropriate school costumes.
·Performance – Black with cummerbund & cuffs
·General – Green Skirt & Black Bodysuit
make sure costume items are secure as dancer will be disqualified if items fall
off. If a costume piece falls off,
dancers are required to stop dancing, pick up the item and return back to their
position to wait until competition is over.
·Shoes should be well fitting, clean, and
polished. Ill-fitting shoes will affect
a dancer’s placement.
·Absolutely no elastic in shoes (hard or soft).
Use proper hard shoe or soft shoe laces only.
knot all laces and secure buckles on hard shoes. Untied laces will result in
disqualification. If a dancer’s lace
becomes untied, dancers should return to their position to wait until the
competition is over.
Wigs are optional for CRN Feile’s, however we prefer dancers
wear wigs rather than hair down. Dancers
who wish to wear their hair down should verify the style with instructors prior
·Full, Bun, or Pony tail wigs are acceptable
·Team dances must have their style of wigs
coordinated by instructor.
make sure wigs are secure as dancer will be disqualified if it falls off.
Tights / Socks
CRN Rule, dancers 20
and over must wear black tight
·Dancers under 20 may wear poodle socks or
tights, however we prefer dancers wear socks as it shows off footwork better
·Team dancers must coordinate socks or tights,
depending on age of the team.
·If you are under 20 and you wish to wear tights
please verify with your instructor prior to competition
your socks are newer, clean, white, and well fitting. Sock glue is essential.
MSD & CRN discourage the use of heavy make-up, spray
tan, etc. especially with younger dancers. There are no stage lights at Feile’s
so heavy make-up is not necessary. Light
or no make-up is acceptable.
CRN General Feile
Information & Regulations
dressed and ready to compete at least 30 minutes prior to competition time as
there can be long line ups at check in, especially during earlier competitions.
·Absolutely no changing in competition room or in
hallways. All dancers must change in
dancer’s room (or wherever directed by the Feile). Change rooms are not co-ed and male dancers
must stay in area designed for them.
·No practicing in hallways, hotel lobby,
etc. Practicing is permitted in the
dancer’s change room if a practice room is not designated
·Dancers must be in full costume to receive their
prize. If you are not in costume
including footwear, you will not be allowed on the stage / podium.
·Dancers who impede another competition on stage
will result in disciplinary action being taken 1st offence – written
warning 2nd offence –
immediate suspension for a period of 3 months.
·Dancers who fall while competition in a solo
competition will not be penalized and will be allowed the opportunity to
compete again at a later time. If a
dancer falls, the other competitors should continue to dance, unless otherwise
directed by the adjudicator.
·Dancers who are injured will not be allowed to
must be complete silence in the hall during competitions
no photography or video during competitions
of cell phones is not permitted during competitions, mobile phones much be switched
to silence at all times in the hall
time should dancers or parents approach the adjudicator or scrutineers, before,
during, or after competitions.
In Bungrad, Ullmhuchan, and Meangrad, whenever the number of
competitors is less than seven the winner will not advance unless specified by
the adjudicator. This will be announced
during results. If a competitor wins a
graded dance three times, with three or more competitors in the competition at
the time of winning, that dancer moves on to the next grade in that dance
·MSD will keep track of dancer’s results
·Results are posted on CRN’s website
Results & Award
will group together for the reading of results.
Photos are permitted but dancers & parents are reminded not to be
intrusive with their photography.
·Dancers must be in costume with shoes to accept
awards and stand on podium
are reminded to accept the results of the adjudicator without question or
upset. Absolutely no sad faces or tears
·If you are cheering for your school’s dancers,
please keep in mind you should cheer equally for other dancers / school’s
are asked NOT to place pressure on dancers or instructors. Please do not show disappointment if dancers do
not place and keep in mind you must set the example and offer guidance to
assist dancers who may be dealing with their own disappointment.
·Dancers & Parents are also reminded to
accept achievements with grace and dignity and not “show off” when they place
CRN Award &
Championship grading system
start with 100 points for each dance in a championship competition (Awards
& Championships are 200 -300)
·No grades apply to children up to the age of 6
·Merit Award –dance who achieves a mark of 50 –
Due to a double booking at
the Park Community Centre, we are going to re-schedule our Intermediate &
Adult classes from 1:00 – 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 31st. Classes will return to the normally scheduled
time after October 31st. Our
apologies for any inconvenience to your schedules.
Congratulations to all of the dancers who competed in the
CRN USA Regional Irish Dance Competitions in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct 10th
& 11th. We are very proud of our McConnell Irish
Dancers attending their first Regional competition. All 8 dancers have
qualified to compete at the CRN USA Nationals in Philadelphia in
February. Our dancers brought home a total of 38 Medals in Solo
Competitions (14 – 1st Place, 9 – 2nd Place, 8 – 3rd
Place, and 7 – 4th Place wins) and we placed 3rd in the 4 Hand Reel Páiste.
We are so excited
to annouce we have 4 Award Winners!
– Meánghrád U15
Bailey Cumming –
Lizann Magee –
Melissa Smith –
Our dancers &
families had a wonderful time in Atlanta and we thank the CRN USA Regional
Committee for organizing the event. We couldn’t be more pleased to
celebrate our 1 year anniversary as members of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta!
The CRN Minnesota Feile will take
place on Saturday November 7th and we require confirmation for all
dancers attending this competition by no later than 5:00 PM on October 14th
All registered competitive students are invited to attend
the Minnesota Feile. Please confirm your attendance with Tracy Balagus firstname.lastname@example.org (Do not reply to this
email) and provide the following information;
22)Date of birth
33)Will the dancer be attending the competition
with family or will they require transportation, accommodation, and
44)Dancers in Ullmhuchan, Meanghrad, & Ardghrad
levels have the option to compete in a Treble Reel Special Competition.
Please confirm if you would like to register for the Treble Reel
Competition Registration will be handled through the school,
on dancers behalf. Dancers travelling with families will need to
book hotel rooms and arrange transportation themselves.
McConnell School of Dance Student's Association's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 at the studio (32 Barberry Rd) at 3:45 PM
We'd like to thank our outgoing board members for their work and contributions to our Student's Association for the 2014 - 2015 Season.
Teresa Yestrau - President
Simone Magee - Vice President
Jackie Naphin - Secretary
Sandra Magyar - Treasurer
Jacquie Cumming - Director
Jocelyn Grant - Director
McConnell School of Dance
Students Association Inc. MSDSA is a non-profit corporation, established to assist all
students with McConnell School of Dance. Membership is free to all students and
dependant on yearly registration with McConnell School of Dance. Board Meetings are held at the studio and are open for all
students and parents to attend. All
dancers and parents are encouraged to actively participate in events with
regards to our Students Association.
Eight board positions are elected yearly and board members are expected
to participate in fundraising activities.
Board nomination sheets are posted at the beginning of each dance season
and elections take place at our Annual General Meeting at the end of September.
Please check the bulletin
board at the studio for meeting dates.
We will have to chance
location for our classes on Saturday September 26th as the troupe
from Riverdance 20th Anniversary Show will be practicing at our
studio all day.
General Division &
Competitive classes will be held at the Irish Association of Manitoba 654 Erin
Street for all classes on Saturday September 26th (at their
regularly scheduled time). Unfortunately there is no space for parents to
wait during lessons, so we ask that parents please drop dancers off and pick up
at the end of class.
DIVISION MEETING REMINDER – 11:00 AM at the Irish Association of Manitoba
We apologize for any
inconvenience to your schedule, but we are very excited to host the Riverdance
troupe so we thank you for your understanding.
Classes will return to our
studio next week!
We have sent this email
with a read-receipt. Please acknowledge the read receipt so we know
you’ve received the message!
A reminder there will be no Performance Division classes on Tuesday, September 29th as most of our dancers will be at the Riverdance show!
Solo & Class Costume Checks - Thursday, October 1st
All Performance Division dancers are asked to bring their solo & black class costumes for a costume check. If you are unable to attend Thursday's lesson please contact Mary-Margaret to arrange an alternate time to bring your costumes in for inspection.
Running shoes & Yoga mats
We are asking dancers to please bring an indoor pair of running shoes (or dance trainers) as well as Yoga mats to every class.
A message from Susan Hammer, from the Hammer’s
Music & Arts Centre.
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If you plan to
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