Saturday, 31 October 2015

Competitive Division Classes Cancelled – Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Competitive Division Classes Cancelled – Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Due to the competition in Minnesota, competive classes in Winnipeg will be cancelled for Saturday November 7th, 2015. Brandon Competitive Classes will continue as scheduled.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Brandon Division - Adult & Intermediate Change of lesson time Oct 31st

Dear Brandon Dancers & Parents,

      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.
Thank you


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Féile Rince Rí

Féile Rince Rí
Sat December 5th, 2015

We are pleased to announce another CUMANN RINCE NÁISIÚNTA FÉILE in Philadelphia which we will be attending on Saturday, December 5th, 2015.

Please see attached sylabus for more information.

Registration Information:
Dancers should confirm their participation with Tracy Balagus but no later than Monday, November 2nd, 2015.
Please confirm if dancers will be travelling will be travelling & staying with family or require chaparone.
All solo and team registrations will be handled through the school.

Hotel Information :
Crown Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City Avenue, Philadelphia Pa 19131.
Phone : 215-477-0200. Room rate $112 per night plus tax. Individuals
must identify themselves as attending Féile Rince Rí to avail of the
discounted room rate. Reservations cut-off date for discount hotel rate is Thursday 11/12/15.

Minneapolis Feile - UPDATE

The Rince Nua Minnesota Feile will take place on Saturday November 7th as scheduled, however it will now be run as an Open Platform Feile.

For our purposes, the change from CRN to Open Platform will not affect us.  Dancer wins (with 7 or more competitors) will be recognized by CRN and any level advancements will be honoured. 

There will no longer be a Sunday workshop with the adjudicators.  We apologies for any inconvenience to your travel plans!

We hope everyone who was planning on attending will still join us in Minneapolis.  If your plans have changed, please contact Tracy Balagus immediately

If you have any questions please let us know!

Thank you,

Brandon Division Meeting - Oct 24th, 2015

Brandon Division Meeting
We will be holding an information meeting for our Brandon Parents & Adult dancers on Saturday, October 24th from 11:30  - 12:30 PM at the Park Community Club.
Shayleen McConnell Finucan will be in attendance along with a representative from our Student’s Association.  We hope you can make it!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

CRN Regional Competitions Results

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!
Amanda Berezowski – Meánghrád U15 
Bailey Cumming – Meánghrád U13
Lizann Magee – Ullmhúchán U15
Melissa Smith – Meánghrád 019

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!

CRN Minnesota Feile - Deadline Oct 14th, 2015

Dear Competitive Dancers & Parents,
     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  (Do not reply to this email) and provide the following information;
11)      Dancer’s name
22)      Date of birth
33)      Will the dancer be attending the competition with family or will they require  transportation, accommodation, and chaperone.
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.

More information on the CRN Minnesota Feile is available on their website

If you have any questions please let us know!

Friday, 2 October 2015

MSDSA Annual General Meeting REMINDER


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.