Saturday, 19 December 2015

Holiday Break

Holiday Break
A reminder the studio  will be closed December 20th – January 3rd, 2016 . 
Classes will resume Monday, January 4th, 2016.

Wishing our dancers and their families all the best of the season.

Nollaig shona duit!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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,
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.
Thank you for supporting MSDSA.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival - January 28th – January 30th, 2016

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
Brandon Performance Dates: Friday, January 29th (evening) and Saturday, January 30th (afternoon & evening)
More information and performance schedule will follow in the new year.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Brandon Holiday Potluck

Brandon Holiday Potluck
We will be holding a pot luck dinner for dancers and parents and Secret Santa gift exchange on Saturday, December 19th from 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 Festival.
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.
A reminder 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.
Mary-Margaret will have a sign -up sheet for the potluck supper. 
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us!
Thank you,


Traditional Music Lessons

Are you interested in Traditional Music from IRELAND & UK?
Please see the message below from Paul & Susan Hammer who offer traditional Irish music lessons for all ages!
Lessons & Classes In the City of Winnipeg & MB Interlake
Susan Hammer T.T.C.T. (Honours) Ireland; B. Music
Paul Hammer M. Music; B. Music
For more information check out their web site at

Hello folks,
As you know Paul and I are available for music lessons/classes IN THE CITY!!!!m We teach EVERY SATURDAY at the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music in Winnipeg (WCMusic)

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

MSDSA - Holiday Blessing Bags

To all members of McConnell School of Dance Students Association,

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.

Thank you from the MSDSA Board.