Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Year End Recital Date - Confirmed

Dear Dancers & Parents,
Our year end recital date has been confirmed for the evening of Thursday, May 25th at Prairie Theatre Exchange, so please mark your calendars!
Additional performance dates to keep in mind;
Friday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Fest (CCFM)
Saturday, May 27th – Canada Feile
Aug 6th to 12th, 2017 – Folklorama
We will ask dancers to confirm their participation in these performances in the new year so please keep them in mind.

Thank you,

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

MSDSA - FUNDRIVE Fundraiser

To All McConnell School of Dance Parents-General, Performance, and Competition,

The MSDSA board has decided to organize a FUNDrive, launching on November 26! We will have details at the Costume Swap!
This is not your average fundraiser! This is a no-cost-to-you fundraiser and a good way to clean out those closets and storage areas to make room for New toys and Christmas gifts!!
We have teamed up with Value Village and we will be collecting garbage bags full of your items and weigh in on December 19! Please check out the  poster in the studio!
They will pay us for each pound of donations! And we are helping other community organizations because Value Village gives portions of the sales of donated items to Diabetes and other local groups!

On average a full garbage bag is approx. 14 lbs of clothing or household items!
Our first goal is $500 which is approximately 250 bags.
Christmas is a giving time, it’s a great time to get donations from people! Ask your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family! The more bags we bring in the more we earn!

Here is a list of acceptable items to put in the bags:  (PLEASE no large items over 18 inches on one side! They will take as donation but won’t pay for the large items like furniture.)


If you would like to help with the drop off date, or have any questions please contact Jackie Naphin at (cell phone-text) 204-781-3143!

Happy collecting!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Competitive Classes - Sat Dec 3rd Change of Schedule

Dear Competitive Dancers and Parents,

There will be a change in schedule for classes on Saturday December 3rd due to many of our dancers & instructors attending the Rince Ri Feis.

Ardghrad 9:30 - 11:00 - No Class
Meangrhad 11:00 - 12:30 - No Class

There will be no team practice this week.

Bunghrad: 12:00 - 1:00 
Ullmhuchan: 1:00 - 2:00

Thank you and good luck to all of our dancers and instructors attending the Feis!


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Mom's Pantry Order Deadline - Nov 19th

Mom’s Pantry Fundraiser – Order Deadline Nov 19th

Place your orders before it’s too late!
It’s time for Mom’s Pantry again! Stock up your pantry or freezer prior to the holiday season.  Perogies, chicken fingers, smoothie mix, cookies, spices and more!

www.momspantry.ca
Order # 233195
Group password # 15620

Orders accepted online until end of day November 19th. Instructions to create an account prior to placing an order, or to distribute to friends and family, are attached below.

Pickup orders at the studio on Saturday, December 3rd between noon - 1 pm.

Any questions, call Allison at 290-3106 or amsteeves10@hotmail.com


Thank you for your support! Please help us make this a successful fundraiser!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

MSDSA - Costume & Shoe Swap

Dear Dancers & Parents,
       
MSDSA’s Annual Costume & Shoe Swap will be held on Saturday, November 26th from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm at the dance studio.  This is a great chance to sell your gently used dance items including costumes, shoes, wigs and dance clothing.  Payment is only accepted by personal cheque or cash.  

Please drop off your items to sell at the studio on the following dates and times.
        Saturday, November 19th from 9:30 am - noon
        Monday, November 21st from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
        Tuesday, November 22nd from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
        Wednesday, November 23rd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
        Thursday, November 24th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm

One of the MSDSA members will be available to collect the items and tag and label them for the sale.  Unsold items will be returned to you at a later date.  

Reminder to  parents to have the dancers to try on their costumes prior to the sale as this will be the time to ensure the costume will fit them for performances and recitals for this dance year.  New costumes will be ordered in December.

The MSDSA members will also be selling tickets to the Pancake Breakfast being hosted on Sunday, January 8th from 8 am - 10 am at Applebees on Pembina Highway at all of the above listed collection dates and the day of the sale.  Please support the dance studio by purchasing tickets for the pancake breakfast as well.
 
 Thank you,


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Mom's Pantry Fundraiser

It’s time for Mom’s Pantry again! Stock up your pantry or freezer prior to the holiday season.  Perogies, chicken fingers, smoothie mix, cookies, spices and more!
 
www.momspantry.ca
Order # 233195
Group password # 15620

Orders accepted online until end of day 
November 19th.

Pickup orders at the studio on Saturday, December 3rd between noon - 1 pm.

Any questions, call Allison at 290-3106 or amsteeves10@hotmail.com

Thank you for your support!

 

McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association


November - McConnell AB Challenge

November AB Challenge

Some of our Performance & Competitive dancers have asked for an Abdominal & Core Strength work-out as a challenge for the month of November.  Lauren Rousseau has  put together a great workout for the month and we encourage our dancers to do their best to take part in the challenge.   Attached is the calendar & below are a few instructions for the challenge.  Thanks very much to Lauren for all her work and a great Team Spirit!

Attention Dancers: As we all know core strength is so important in Irish Dance. It helps with carriage, allows us to jump higher, have better balance, and prevent injury. That's why we are challenging all dancers to take the "McConnell November Irish AB Challenge" 

This challenge will help you build up your abdominal strength with simple exercises that will increase in reps as the month goes on. The best part is you don't need any equipment. On the days dancers have classes at the studio we will be doing the AB Challenge after warm up. On the days you don't have classes dancers can print out the calendar and do the exercises at home. We hope all dancers will take part, Happy Planking! 


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Shoe Swap - Returns

Dear Dancers & Parents,
All shoes from the MSDSA Shoe Swap may be picked up during regular class hours at the studio this week! For questions regarding the show Swap, please contact Jocelyn joc@mts.net
Thank you!

Monday, 19 September 2016

MSDSA's AGM - Oct 15th 4:15 pm

The annual general meeting for the McConnell School of Dance Students Association (MSDSA) will be held on October 15 at 415 pm. All members (those who are over 18 and dance or parents of a dancer who is under 18) are welcome and invited to attend the meeting. The 2016-2017 MSDSA board will be elected at the AGM. Any member may nominate or be nominated. A nominations form is located on the bulletin board as you come in to the studio. Please feel free to fill in the names of those members you feel would be a good fit for each position. Those members will be asked if they will let their name stand and voting will determine the candidate. It's always great to get new people on the team for refreshing ideas and energy!


MSDSA - Shoe Swap Sat Oct 1st

Our Irish Dance Shoe Swap (only shoes, no costumes) will take place on Saturday Oct . 1, from 4:30 – 5:30 PM (at the studio).
*There will be a costume , shoe, and accessory swap towards the end of November / beginning of December. Please bring your dance shoes that you want to sell, with the size and suggested price, to the studio during the following dates and times.
• Sat. Sept 25 , 9:30 - 3:00
• Mon .Sept 27 , 5:30 - 8:00
• Tue. Sept 28 , 5:30 - 8:00
• Wed. Sept 29 , 5:30 - 8:30
• Thurs Sept.30, 5:30 - 8:00

Cheques will be issued to the sellers, once all sales have been completed and cheques have cleared the bank.

Thank you

McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association

Thursday, 8 September 2016

MSDSA Fundraiser #1 - Show and Save Books 2016 - 2017

Welcome back everyone and we hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer!
MSDSA is pleased to present our first general fundraiser of the year!
Show and Save Books 2016/17
This year as part of the 25th Anniversary of Show & Save, there is over $200 worth of free stuff available in each coupon book...just purchase the book for $20, and you have access to numerous coupons for free merchandise, food or services!
These books have money saving coupons for places which you likely already attend, or why not try something new if you have a coupon! Over 100 discounts on restaurants, services and entertainment per book, and a re-useable card for many more discounts is included!
Books will be available through any MSDSA Board member, or by contacting Jacquie at 204-771-9868 to pre-order. Books will be available beginning Monday, September 12, 2016 until Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the studio while supplies last.
Thank you for your support of MSDSA fundraisers.
MSDSA Board of Directors

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Folklorama Dancer Information

FOLKLORAMA 2015 DANCER INFORMATION
Best wishes to all our dancers for a great week at Folklorama!  The dancers, musicians, and instructors have worked very hard and we know they will make us all very proud.

 We are very fortunate to have an amazing core of chair volunteers to run each department of the United Kingdom Pavilion, all of whom are dancers parents and family members.  Thank you to all our Folklorama chairs and directors for their hard work over the past few months and many thanks to those who will be volunteering during the week of the pavilion.  If you haven't already signed up, we can really use your support!

It's going to be a great week and we look forward to a wonderful 3rd year at the United Kingdom Pavilion!

Please see below for information on Dancer's performing at Folklorama (Aug 7th - 13th, 2016).
 If you have questions please contact our Entertainment Chair Wendy Havens wendy@havens.ca<mailto:wendy@havens.ca>


WElSH, ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH COSTUMES
All costumes will be handed out during class this week (August 2nd and 4th) or brought to dress rehearsal on Saturday August 6th.  Dancers are responsible for keeping track of all their pieces throughout the week, we do not have extras if pieces are lost.  We encourage dancers to use labelled ziplock bags to keep small items such as bows, hair pieces, scarves ect.

*         All dancer's costumes may be left at the venue and they will be safely locked in dressing room for the week for those who do not want to haul them back and forth every day.

*         Costumes may need to be laundered throughout the week please check them daily.

TUESDAY August 2nd and THURSDAY August 4th   REHEARSAL
We may run longer than our scheduled time as we will be rehearsing with the musicians.  Beginner, Novice and Preliminary dancers, we will try to end as close to 7:30  as possible but please be prepared to stay late if necessary.  Intermediate and Adult class will run until approximately 9:00.  Please be prepared to stay late if necessary Rehearsal Wednesday August 3rd:
At this time we are asking that all Performance levels 3 and 4 as well as Intermediate and Adult dancers attend this rehearsal from 5:30 - 9:00.  We will inform dancers and parents of any changes to this schedule after rehearsal Tuesday August 2nd.
White dress Shirts
All Male dancers as well as dancers who dress as boys or are Morris dancers in the first number will require a white long sleeve dress shirt that is not see through.

DRESS REHEARSAL
Folklorama Dress Rehearsal - All dancers must attend Saturday August 6th Drop off: 10:00 AM  Please drop dancers off at the main hall door where our instructors will assist them in with their costumes.
Pick up: 2:00 PM
 This will be a full dress rehearsal for the show.  Please bring all costume pieces, box for backstage, full stage make - up for lighting and hair in a half ponytail.

*         Dress Rehearsal is not open to the public.

*          Parents and family members are not permitted to stay for the rehearsal.  Please drop dancers off at the main hall door where our instructors will assist them with their costumes.  Parents should not wait in the lobby or hallway during the rehearsal.  There are restaurants and shopping nearby so plenty of places to spend time while the dancers rehearse.  Thank you for your cooperation!

FOLKLORAMA SHOW TIMES
Beginner, Novice and Preliminary Dancers
Sunday: 5:15, 6:45, 8:15
Monday: 6:45, 8:15
Tuesday: 6:45, 8:15
Wednesday: 6:45, 8:15
Thursday: 6:45, 8:15
Friday: 6:45, 8:15
Saturday: 3:45, 5:15, 6:45, 8:15

Intermediate, Adult Dancers, Performance (All Levels)
Sunday: 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45
Monday: 6:45, 8:15, 9:45
Tuesday: 6:45, 8:15, 9:45
Wednesday: 6:45, 8:15, 9:45
Thursday: 6:45, 8:15, 9:45
Friday: 6:45, 8:15, 9:45, 11:00
Saturday: 3:45, 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45, 11:00


DANCER ARRIVAL & PICK UP
Arrival Time - A minimum of 45 minutes prior to show time Location - Dancers should arrive through the South Entrance (Look for VIP & Performance Entrance Sign) Parking - Dancers & Parents should park in the Red River Collegiate Parking lot located south of the Punjab Cultural Centre (1770 King Edward)

Check In- Located at the VIP & Performance Entrance.  All dancers will need to check in & out.  Please let Check-In Volunteer know if someone other than a parent / guardian will be picking children up.


*         For parents who are volunteering, the Volunteer Check-In is conveniently located at the same entrance at Dancer Check-In.

*         For parents who are staying to watch the show, you will be able to line up for admission at the VIP & Performer entrance.  This service is offered for immediate family & grandparents only.  Due to Folklorama regulations, all family members must pay admission ($6.00 Individual - Children under 12 Free).

*          Please note, due to Folklorama regulations parents & family will not be allowed into the hall until pavilion opening time each night (unless they are volunteers).

Pick Up Times
Dancers should be picked up 15 minutes after their last show Dancers can be checked out in between shows for quick visits with family however they will need to be in the dressing 30 minutes before each show.

*         Please note, there is a very limited amount of time in between shows and we recommend dancers (especially younger children) stay in the dressing room where they can rest, eat, and get ready for their next performance.


DRESSING ROOMS
Located on the 2nd Floor (dancers please use stairs near volunteer check-in at south entrance) Due to the numerous costume all dancers will have change back stage, during the show.  We ask all female dancers to please wear an undershirt, tank top, or tank body suit (white, nude, or black) at all times, for privacy.  Back stage area will be co-ed.

*         Dancers must bring a change of clothes to wear in the dressing room, in between shows as they cannot eat in their costumes.

*         Parent's volunteers will be in the dressing room to look after dancers in between shows for those who are volunteering at the pavilion.


COSTUMES

Folklorama Costume Return


Irish Costume Requirements
General Division
Beginner, Novice, Preliminary
Female - Black bodysuit, Green Skirt (with cummerbund, if applicable), Bow, Black Tights (Mondor 70 Denier * available at Malabar & Dance Plus) Male - Black Pants, Black Shirt, Green Tie, Black Dress Socks, and Knee length black socks


  *   White tank top will be needed by all female dancers (Beginner, Novice, Preliminary Levels)
  *   Black Tights are needed by all dancers (No poodle socks)
  *   Soft shoes (Hard shoes are not needed)
  *   Wigs are not worn for Folklorama
  *   Hair should be clean, washed, and tied back with a half pony tail
  *   All dancers should bring a collapsible box clearly marked with dancers name for shoes & costume pieces back stage and in dressing room

Intermediate, Adult - Black Dress, Cummerbund, Cuffs, Black Tights (Mondor 70 Denier * available at Malabar & Dance Plus)

MAKE-UP
Make-up is required for all dancers as stage lighting washes out natural colour and makes performers look pale.

*         All make-up should be applied prior to check in.

FULL STAGE MAKE-UP is required  - Full stage make-up is applied heavier than daily use make-up.
Foundation (to match skin tone) and powder to prevent shine Eye-shadow (brown, beige, copper shades) Mascara (brown or black) , Blush (pink) Lip Stick Nail Polish is not allowed for performances and should be removed at home. Jewellery (rings, bracelets, earrings) may not be worn for performances with the exception of wedding rings and medical alert bracelets

PERSONAL ITEMS
Deodorant should be worn by all Novice, Preliminary, Intermediate, Adult and Advanced dancers.
Crowded dressings rooms can get extremely smelly when filled with sweaty dancers and can rapidly become unpleasant for all concerned.  Please assist us by making sure dancers are clean and freshly washed for performances.
It is important that all developing female and adult dancers wear maximum support bras and /or sports bras while dancing, to prevent bounce and injury. Younger dancers may prefer to wear light undershirts (from home) to avoid embarrassment in dressing rooms which sometimes contain mixed crowd with multiple performers involved.
Dress shields should be used by all dancers, regardless of age. Dress shields help prevent odour and stains from sweating when pinned in the underarms of costumes. Removable / washable dress shields are available at sewing and fabric stores in the city.
DANCERS HAIR
Wigs will not be used for at Folklorama.
All dancers should arrive with their hair as displayed in the photo.
Please use clear Ponytail holders or ones that match closely to the color of hair.










DANCE SHOES
Soft & Hard Shoes should be cleaned prior to the performance and polished so they shine.
Beginner, Novice, Preliminary Performance Level 1 - Soft Shoes and Welsh Mary Janes or Black dance trainers if dressed as a boy Intermediate, Adult, Performance - Hard & Soft Shoes as well as Welsh Mary Janes for Girls or Black Dance Trainers for boys


SOCKS & TIGHTS
Poodle socks are not required for Folklorama Tights -  Mondor 70 Denier brand and free from runs or holes.

*         We recommend you have an extra pair handy in case they run at the show.


PARENT INFORMATION
Parents are not allowed in dressing rooms due to limitations of space and privacy issues.
Please arrive early or on time as dancers need time to change, warm -up, and practice with their group.

*         Generally, there are line up's at check in and check out, so please be understanding with your check in volunteer.  It is essential for our dancer's safety that all precautions are taken when working with large groups of children at events open to the public.

*         We recommend parents send their children with a book or game to occupy their time in the dressing room.

DANCER MEALS
All dancers are asked to maintain healthy eating habits during the week of Folklorama.  Please avoid junk food, drink lots of water, and eat small, healthy meals.  It's a long week and if dancers do not take care of themselves they will show on stage or get sick and will be unable to dance.  Parents, please assist us in making sure dancers stay healthy for the week!
Light, healthy snacks (fruit, veggies, cold cuts, bread, and treats) will be provided for all performers upstairs in the hallway outside performer change rooms and will be available throughout the night.

*         Dancers will receive 1 volunteer meal per night and we ask that they do not redeem the meal during peak line up periods 5:00 - 8:30 PM.  If you see a line up, please wait until the crowd eases at the kitchen before you get your mail.

*         Please do not eat in the main hall as seating is limited, especially during peak hours 3:00 - 9:30 PM.  Dancers should take their meals up to the dressing room.

*         Dancer meals will be available from the main pavilion food line.


*         Drinks are not provided by the pavilion.  Dancers who require more than water should bring their own from home or purchase at the pavilion.




SNACKS & DRINKS
Dancers burn a lot of energy with all of the performance at Folklorama and will need nourishment often.  Please send your child with adequate healthy snacks and drinks clear liquids only in a sealed water bottle.   Dancers who bring sodas, juices, or drinks which may stain costumes will not be allowed to drink them in the dressing room.   Avoid sticky or messy snacks as dancers will not be allowed to eat them back stage or in the dressing room.
Snacks to avoid -  Flavoured potato chips, buttered popcorn, chocolate bars, Danishes & pastries, chocolate covered granola bars, gum, juices, sodas, sugared or sweet candy.

*         Please send nut free snacks as we do have students with serious allergies.

*         Remember, there is healthy food upstairs for all performers!

*         We encourage dancers to eat the performer food provided and avoid the kitchen meal until after they have finished their performances.


VOLUNTEERS
We are still in need of volunteers at the pavilion.  If you are your family are able to lend a hand, even if fora few hours, it would be greatly appreciated!
If you are available for set up or tear down, or available to assist with kitchen preparation earlier in the day, or have a van or truck to assist with pick up's let us know!   Help is greatly needed and appreciated!
To volunteer, please contact Christa Traczuk at ptraczuk@yahoo.ca<mailto:ptraczuk@yahoo.ca>


Thank you for your support!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Folklorama Costume & Shoe Information

Dear Dancers and Parents,

All Welsh, Scottish or English costumes will be handed out in class next week or brought to the Punjab center for rehearsal Saturday August 6th, 2016.

All female dancers will require black Mary Jane shoes (available at Payless) for Welsh dances, if you do not have a pair already.  Styles may vary slightly due to new stock.


All dancers will also require Black Tights (Mondor 70 Denier * available at Malabar & Dance Plus), no poodle socks will be worn during Folklorama.

More information will be sent out next week with regards to arrival, pick up and general guidelines.

If there are any questions please contact Wendy at wendy@havens.ca


Thank you


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Change of Class Location - Wed July 27th 2016

Dear Competitive Dancers & Parents,

    Due to our set up of our Folklorama sound &  light equipment, ALL COMPETITIVE CLASSES on Wednesday, July 27th will be moved to the Punjab Cultural Centre (1770 King Edward St) at the regularly scheduled time.  A reminder this will be our final competitive class for the summer season!


Thank you,

Friday, 15 July 2016

Folklorama Volunteering

Folklorama 2016  is fast approaching.  This year the United Kingdom Pavilion will run from Sunday August 7th to Saturday August 13th and we are once again looking for volunteers in all areas. As well this year Folklorama is holding Volunteer Food and Safety Workshops for each pavilion. The workshop for the United Kingdom Pavilion will take place on Monday July 18th at 6 p.m. at the Punjab Cultural Centre located at 1770 King Edward Street. We are asking that anyone interested in volunteering attend this workshop. Volunteer registration forms will be available to fill out at the workshop or you can fill out a form online at uk-pavilion.com.  Thank you in advance for volunteering as the pavilion could not run without your support. See you on Monday July 18th.

Christa Traczuk
Volunteer Co-ordinator UK Pavilion
204-586-6448


Thursday, 7 July 2016

CRN USA REGIONALS - CONFIRMATION REQUIRED

Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,

CRN has announced the location for the US Regional Competitions and Hotel information.  We are asking all dancers who wish to compete at Regionals to confirm their participation with Tracy tbalagus@mymts.net by no later than Wed, July 20th.   Please indicate if dancers will be traveling with family or require a dancer room and chaperone. 

Please DO NOT book hotels or airline tickets until we have given you confirmation that we are permitting dancers to compete.  Not all dancers will be ready to compete at Regionals and the school will make the final decision regarding dancer participation at the end of July.  


CRN US REGIONALS
LOCATION:
LAKEVIEW GOLF RESORT & SPA
ONE LAKEVIEW DR.
MORGANTOWN, WV 26508
EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE FITNESS CENTER OF THE RESORT.
DATE:
OCTOBER 8TH & 9TH, 2016
GROUP ROOM RATE: $124.00 + TAX
GROUP RATE IS AVAILABLE 3 DAYS PRE & POST, BASED ON HOTEL
AVAILABILITY.
CHECK IN TIME : 3:00PM ~ CHECK OUT TIME : 12:00PM
ROOM TYPE: SINGLE DOUBLE TRIPLE QUAD
$124 $124 $124 $124

ROOM RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE : SEPTEMBER 16TH 2016

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Summer Camp 2016

Irish Dance Summer Camp
McConnell School of Dance is now offering TWO Irish Dance Summer Camps
for recreational and competitive Irish Dance.
Dates: Monday,July 4th - Friday, July 8th
Hours:  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM      
Location:  32 Barberry Road    
Basic Camp Fee:  $175
Need a later pick up? After care available for an additional weekly fee
4:30 PM Pick Up $25   5:00 PM Pick Up $50   5:30 PM Pick Up $75    

Recreational Irish Dance Camp
New & returning Irish dance students are welcome to attend!
· Student’s new to Irish dance who would like to learn the basics before lessons commence in the fall.
· For General Division dancers interested in enrolling Performance Division.
· For all dancers who would like extra practice & training during the summer.
Recreational Camp Ages  Junior Camp  ( Age 4 - 8 )    Intermediate Camp  (Age 9 - 11 )    Senior Camp   (Age  12 & up)
Recreational Camp Activities
Irish Dance warm up    Learn a Ceili Dance         Choreograph your own dance        
Learn your own solo step      Stage Presence & Performance      Sing Irish Songs        
Basics of Irish music (reel, jig, hornpipe, slip jig)          Design your own solo costume            
Irish Arts & Crafts (Celtic design)     Basic Irish History      Irish Myths and Legends    
         

Competitive Irish Dance Camp
New & returning Irish dance students are welcome to attend, however basic knowledge of Irish Dance is required.
· Competitive Dancers who wish to improve technique, learn new steps, advance levels, or prepare for the next competition.
· General Division or Performance dancers interested in trying out Competitive Irish Dance.
· For all dancers who would like intensive work on technique.
Competitive Camp Levels - Bunghrad (Level1) , Ullmhuchan (Level 2), Meanghrad (Level 3), Ardghrad (Level 4)
Competitive Camp Activities
Intensive Warm Up & Stretching     Soft Shoe & Hard Shoe Technique for each level     Solo Dances (Levels 1 - 4)
Figure  & Team Dances     Ceili Dances     Traditional Set Dances      Contemporary Set Dances     CRN History
CRN Rules of Competition    Competitive Strategies     Competition Stress & Anxiety relief    

Wind up party & Exhibition  
Location: 32 Barberry Rd
Friday, July 8th, 2016
Drop Off: 9:30 AM
Performance for parents and family members 2:30 - 4:00 PM

What to Bring to Everyday to Camp
Water bottle, Backpack
Pack a lunch - including drinks and 2 snacks (morning and afternoon).   Please keep in mind Irish dancers are very active at Summer Camp and extra food and beverages are necessary
Dancewear - shorts, skirt, t-shirt, leotard, tights, or loose fitting clothing which allows movement - colour optional.  Please avoid wearing jewellery, long hair should be tied back.
Irish Dance Shoes - soft shoes or ballet slippers, hard shoes (optional) Children new to Irish dance do not have to purchase Irish dance shoes.  Socks are acceptable to dance in at Summer Camp.
Irish Dance Journal - Notebook or binder to write dances steps in
Outside clothing (including running shoes)   There will daily excursions to the park & outside physical activities
Sun Hat, Sunscreen, Mosquito Lotion (if preferred).

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Competitive Division - Meeting June 15th

Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,
      Welcome back to our Summer Competitive Division Dancers! We will be holding a dancers & parents meeting for Wednesday, June 15th (6:30 – 7:30 PM) to discuss results from the Canada Feile an d plans for summer classes, regionals, and nationals.  If you are unable to attend, please have a dancers or parent take notes for you so you don’t miss any important information.
 
       Looking forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday!


Thank you

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Competitive Division Summer Program

Competitive Division Summer Program
Competitive summer classes begin this week!  
Lessons will be held on Wednesday evenings for June & July.  There will be no  classes in August due to our commitment for Folklorama, Peru, and Calgary.   For dancers wishing to continue with practice in August, solo or semi-private lessons are available.  Please contact us for more information.

For dancers wishing to compete in CRN’s Regionals (Oct – West Virginia), Nationals (Feb – Orlando, FL), and Worlds (June – Ireland) summer classes are STRONGLY recommended.  Taking the summer off from competitive practice may result in dancers not being able to compete in all solo or award competitions at the major events. 

Team Practice -  All Ullmhuchan, Meanghrad, and Ardghrad dancers are expected to participate in teams

All dancers are welcome to register for competitive classes, whether they intend to compete or not.  Competitive classes are a great way for dances to improve technique and keep up with their Irish dance through the summer.  All ages & levels are welcome!

For more information & to register for competitive classes, please visit the member’s area of our website or follow the link below;


If you have questions about our Summer Competitive Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Thank you,

Competitive Division Summer Program

Competitive Division Summer Program
Competitive summer classes begin this week!  
Lessons will be held on Wednesday evenings for June & July.  There will be no  classes in August due to our commitment for Folklorama, Peru, and Calgary.   For dancers wishing to continue with practice in August, solo or semi-private lessons are available.  Please contact us for more information.

For dancers wishing to compete in CRN’s Regionals (Oct – West Virginia), Nationals (Feb – Orlando, FL), and Worlds (June – Ireland) summer classes are STRONGLY recommended.  Taking the summer off from competitive practice may result in dancers not being able to compete in all solo or award competitions at the major events. 

Team Practice -  All Ullmhuchan, Meanghrad, and Ardghrad dancers are expected to participate in teams

All dancers are welcome to register for competitive classes, whether they intend to compete or not.  Competitive classes are a great way for dances to improve technique and keep up with their Irish dance through the summer.  All ages & levels are welcome!

For more information & to register for competitive classes, please visit the member’s area of our website or follow the link below;


If you have questions about our Summer Competitive Program, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Thank you,

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Folklorama 2016 - Classes Begin June 7th

FOLKLORAMA 2016 
Join us for our 3rd year of the United Kingdom Pavilion, sponsored by MSDSA
Dates:  Sun Aug 7th – Sat Aug 13th 2016
Dancers taking part in Folklorama must be available to perform all 7 nights of the festival.
Folklorama practices will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Tues June 7th, 2016

REGISTRATION DEADLINE MONDAY JUNE 6th 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Canada Feile 2016 Information

Dear Dancers & Parents,
      We are very excited for our 1st CRN Canada Feile on Saturday, May 28th 2016.   Competing dancers and parents should read through all the information provided so they are well informed for the competitions on Saturday.   Best wishes to all dancers competing on Saturday! The dancers have all worked very hard and we know they will do their best and make us all proud of their individual accomplishments.

Dancers, family, and friends are welcome to attend and we encourage our non-competing dancers to come out and support us for our 1st Canada Feile.

For those attending we remind you we are welcoming dancers, parents, instructors, and adjudicators from Ireland and the U.S.A .  For many of our attendees this is the first visit to Canada and we encourage parents and dancers to make sure everyone feels welcome and is well looked after.  Please do your best to show a warm welcome to our visitors!

Our instructors and coordinators are extremely busy preparing for the feile so we ask you to please be mindful of the workload and assist as best you can by limiting questions to only those absolutely necessary.   Please review all the information included in this email before contacting us with your questions as most of the answers will be provided already.

Attached Information
1)      Canada Feile Schedule – please note schedule is approximate and competitors are encourage to be ready well in advance of their schedule competition time. 
2)      Volunteer Schedule – if you have questions regarding volunteer schedule please contact Tracy tbalagus@mts.net
3)      Canada Feile – Registration and General Competition Information
4)      Workshop Schedule – Sunday, May 29th Workshop Information
5)      Event Program

Feile Information
Date – Saturday, May 28th 2016
Location – Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel, 1415 Regent Ave. West, Winnipeg
Schedule – please see attached “Canada Feile Schedule 2016”
Start Time: Line-up 8: 30 a.m, Competition starts 9:00 a.m
Adjudicator: Ms. Ann English ADCRN

General Admission: $5 per person 
CRN non-registered dancers: $3
Open Platform dancers: $6
* please note this is in US Funds, exchange will be calculated the day of the feile based on current rates

T-Shirts
 For dancers who’ve ordered T-Shirts they can be picked up at check-in the day of the feile.  There will be a few extra t-shirts available for sale but supplies are limited

Workshops
Sunday, May 29th
Location – Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel, 1415 Regent Ave. West, Winnipeg
Schedule – Please see attached “Workshop Schedule”
Dancers should wear suitable dance attire and bring all required shoes as well as a water bottle.  Parents are not permitted to view workshops.

Costumes
Solo costumes are not permitted in Bungrad or Ullmhuchan levels with the exception of dancers over 18.  Solo costumes may be worn in Meanghrad, Ardghrad, and Craobhghrad 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
  • Please 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.

Dance Shoes
·         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.
·         Double 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
Wigs are optional for CRN Feile’s,
Full, Bun, or Pony tail wigs are acceptable
  • Team dances should coordinate their style of wigs
  • Please make sure costume items are secure as dancer will be disqualified if items fall off.

Tights / Socks
CRN Rule, dancers 20 and over must wear black tight
  • Poodle socks for all dancers under 20
  • Dancers under 20 may wear poodle socks or tights, however we prefer dancers wear socks as it shows off footwork better than tights
  • Team dancers must coordinate socks or tights
  • If you are under 20 and you wish to wear tights please verify with your instructor prior to competition
  • Make sure your socks are newer, clean, white, and well fitting.  Sock glue is essential as dancers will lose points if socks fall down during competition


Make-Up
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
  • Be 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 for results 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 time
  • 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. 
  • Dancers who are injured will not be allowed to compete.
  • There must be complete silence in the hall during competitions
  • Absolutely no photography or video during competitions.  Photographs are acceptable during results ONLY
  • The use of cell phones is not permitted during competitions, mobile phones much be switched to silence at all times in the hall
  • At no time should dancers or parents approach the adjudicator or scrutineers
  • Dancers & Parents should not discuss results or adjudicators decisions at feiles


CRN Grading System
All dancers 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 – 64 points.
  • Under 50 no prize is awarded
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

Unless dancers are competing in an champion

Results & Award Ceremonies
Typically schools will group together for the reading of results.  Photos are permitted but dancers & parents are reminded not to be intrusive with their photography.

Dancers will need to stay for results in order to receive their medals.  Results “Award” times for levels & team competitions are listed on the schedule and are approximate. 
  • Dancers must be in costume with shoes to accept awards and stand on podium
  • Dancers  and parents are reminded to accept the results of the adjudicator without question or upset.  Absolutely no sad faces or tears allowed!
  • If you are cheering for your school’s dancers, please keep in mind you should cheer equally for other dancers / school’s results.
  • Parents 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 well.

Instructor availability is limited during competitions as all CRN Teachers must volunteer for the Feile.  Please be mindful of instructor’s time at Feile.  If you have important questions, feel free to ask your Instructors, but keep in mind our time is limited and we have a responsibility to CRN and the other dancers competing.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Annual Recital Information

Our 69th Annual Recital takes place tomorrow!

69th Annual Recital Information    
Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Location: Prairie Theatre Exchange (3rd Floor Portage Place)
Dancer Arrival Time 6:00 PM
Performance Time  7:00  – 10:00 PM

Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door on Thursday.
To reserve tickets ahead of time (recommended)  please email info@mcconnelldancers.com


CHECK IN
Dancers will need to check in at the performer entrance door at the West end of the lobby.  Parents should accompany dancers under 12 for check-in.  Parents are not permitted in the back stage or dressing room area due to issues of space and privacy.  If you have concerns for your younger child, please contact us.
Check in opens 1 hr before Recital 6:00 PM
Please note, due to another booking at PTE we will not have access to the theatre and dressings rooms until 6:00 PM.  With only 1 hour for check-in we will be very pressed to get dancers ready for a 7:00 PM performance time.   Please assist us in keeping to our schedule by;
1) Arriving on time
2) All Beginner, Novice, and Preliminary dancers are asked to arrive in costume wearing socks, with wig & make-up applied.  There is restroom in the lobby for parents to change dancers prior to check-in (arrive earlier than 6:00 PM if you plan to change your dancer at PTE) .  Please have dancers fully ready and in costume for check-in at 6:00 PM

RECITAL PICK-UPS
Please allow 15  minutes after the recital is over before you pick up dancers at the performer entrance.  Children under 12 will not be excused without a parent.  If someone other than a parent/guardian (as per your registration form) will be picking your child up, please let the check -in volunteer know.

DRESSING ROOMS    
The dressing room is co-ed due to venue constraints.  Parents are not allowed in dressing rooms due to limitations of space and privacy issues.

COSTUMES
Beginner, Novice, Preliminary Dancers MUST arrive in costume, wearing  socks with wigs and make-up applied.
*Novice, Preliminary, Intermediate, Adult should dancers bringing a basket or box (preferably collapsible) clearly labeled with their name to keep their hard shoes and costume accessories.
*Make sure all shoes/costume pieces and garment bags are clearly labeled with first and last name for dressing room and backstage help.

MAKE-UP
Make-up is recommended for all dancers as stage lighting washes out natural colour and makes performers look pale. All make-up should be applied prior to check in.
FULL STAGE MAKE-UP is suggested for all dancers at recital.  Full stage make-up is applied heavier than daily use make-up.
MAKE-UP RECOMMENDATIONS
Foundation (to match skin tone) and powder to prevent shine
Eye-shadow (brown, beige, copper shades)
Mascara (brown or black) ,
Blush (pink)
Lip Stick
Dancers wearing poodle socks should cover up unsightly bruises on legs and knees with foundation and make-up.
Nail Polish is not allowed for performances and should be removed at home. Jewellery (rings, bracelets, earrings) may not be worn for performances with the exception of wedding rings and medical alert bracelets

PERSONAL ITEMS
Deodorant should be worn by all Novice, Preliminary, Intermediate, Adult and Advanced dancers. Crowded dressings rooms can get extremely smelly when filled with sweaty dancers and can rapidly become unpleasant for all concerned.
Please assist us by making sure dancers are clean and freshly washed for performances.
It is important that all developing female and adult dancers wear maximum support bras and /or sports bras while dancing, to prevent bounce and injury.
Dress shields should be used by all dancers, regardless of age. Dress shields help prevent odour and stains from sweating when pinned in the underarms of costumes. Removable / washable dress shields are available at sewing and fabric stores in the city.

IRISH DANCE WIGS
All dancers should arrive with wigs on.  Dressing-room volunteers do not have time to assist dancers apply wigs.

IRISH DANCE SHOES
Soft & Hard Shoes should be cleaned prior to the performance and polished so they shine.
All dancers (with the exception of beginners) should have a folding dance box to keep their shoes and water bottles organized back stage

SOCKS & TIGHTS
Poodle socks should be clean and bright white.  If you use your poodle socks for practice and they are looking grey, please bleach them or purchase a new pair before the performance.
Sock Glue will be provided to all dancers courtesy of MSDSA.
Dancers who would prefer not to share sock glue for hygiene reasons may choose to purchase their own bottle
Tights (Performance Division & Adult) must be Mondor brand (no exceptions) and free from runs or holes.  We recommend you have an extra pair handy in case they run at the show.

PARENT INFORMATION
Parents are not allowed in dressing rooms due to limitations of space and privacy issues.
Please arrive on time as dancers need time to change, warm –up, and practice with their group.
Generally, there are line up’s at check in and check out, so please be understanding with your check in volunteer.  It is essential for our dancer’s safety that all precautions are taken when working with large groups of children at events open to the public.  Recitals can run late, so your patience is necessary should there be delays at pick up at the dressing room.

SNACKS & DRINKS
ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINKS IN THE THEATRE
Please send your child with adequate healthy snacks and drinks clear liquids only.   Dancers who bring sodas, juices, or drinks which may stain costumes will not be allowed to drink them in the dressing room.
Avoid sticky or messy snacks as dancers will not be allowed to eat them back stage or in the dressing room.
Snacks to avoid –  Flavoured potato chips, buttered popcorn, chocolate bars, Danishes & pastries, chocolate covered granola bars, gum, juices, sodas, sugared or sweet candy.
Please send nut free snacks as we do have students with serious anaphylactic allergies.

Best wishes to all our dancers for a great performance at our 69th Annual Recital.
We know you’ll make us all very proud!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Thank you,

Monday, 16 May 2016

Mon May 23rd Classes - As Scheduled



Just a remider there will be regular classes as scheduled on Monday, May 23rd (Victoria Day).  We understand not all dancers may be able to attend due to long weekend activities, however since this is our last practice berfore recital we ask that everyone do their best to attend.


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Movie Night Fundraiser

Dear Dancers/Parents:

As we end our 2015-2016 season is sadly coming to an end, we would like to celebrate all of our accomplishments this year as a school!

We will be holding a Movie Night Fundraiser in support of the Performance Division's upcoming trips to Peru and Calgary this summer! All students and parents are welcome to attend this event on Saturday, June 4th from 5:00 - 8:00 in the evening. For $5.00 at the door, you will receive a slice of either pepperoni or cheese pizza, a juice box, cookies, and entrance to the new Disney film, "Zootopia"!

This evening will be a slumber-party theme so we encourage all participants to come in their jammies (stuffies, blankets, and pillows are encouraged!) There will also be a canteen available with popcorn and other snacks available for purchase. 

A sign-up sheet for this event will be at the studio beginning on Monday, May 16th. Please register in advance, but pay at the door! There will be lots of fun games and activities, as well as a quarter-toss for a basket of prizes! Parents, siblings, and friends are encouraged to come, but dancers can attend on their own as there will be lots of supervision!

Help celebrate the end of a great season with of McConnell School of Dance and support the Performance Division's upcoming travels!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Hilary (hilarybalagus@gmail.com)

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

The Performance Division. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Competitive Classes - Sat May 14th, 2016

 Due to our recital in Brandon on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 all competitive classes will finish at 1:00 PM.  There will be no Ardghrad practice on Saturday, May 14th (including Ardghrad Teams).


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Competitive Division - Raffle Fundrasier

McConnell School of Dance
Stock Your Summer Raffle 2016


We are getting set to kick-off our spring raffle as our competitive division fundraiser. 

Every competitive dancer must participate in the fundraiser, both Winnipeg and Brandon dancers.  There are several requirements:

1.     Each dancer must provide a $25 gift card to the Liquor Mart, or equivalent cash value
2.     Each dancer is required to sell 1 booklet of  3/5$ tickets
3.     Each family will also be provided 1 booklet of $2 single tickets, that they are asked to sell

Each booklet has approximately 60 tickets.  The booklets are made up of either single tickets for $2 each or a group 3 tickets for $5. 

            3 tickets for $5                        – each booklet is worth $100
            Single $2 ticket           - each booklet is worth $120

Each dancer will be provided with 1 booklet:  1 booklet with 3/$5 tickets.  Each family will be provided with 1 booklet with single $2 tickets.

Our raffle draw day is our Canada Feile Day, May 28, 2016, towards the end of the competition day.  All tickets and monies must be turned in by Saturday, May 21, if necessary, the final collection day will be Thursday May 26, at the recital.

Someone will be at the Winnipeg Studio with extra books to distribute and accepting collections every Saturday from 10:30 – 12:30pm ish.  Brandon dancers, please email if you require additional booklets, and they will be sent out to you on Saturdays.


If you have any questions, please contact:
            Kristin Legault                                                            Lisa Berezowski
            kristinlegault@shaw.ca                                  Berezow@shaw.ca



Thursday, 28 April 2016

Winnipeg Annual Recital Ticket Sales

Winnipeg Annual Recital - Ticket Sales

Tickets
Tickets $15 Adult  $10 Child (Under 12)
·         Infants who do not require a seat free admission
·         Dancers do not require a ticket
Tickets will be on sale at the studio from Monday, May 2nd to Saturday, May 7th
After May 7th tickets will only be available for sale on-line at www.mcconnelldancers.com OR at the door on May 26th
·         May 2 – 7th  - Select your own seating option, in person at the studio
·         After May 7th  -  On-line sales only, we will assign your seating for you
·         No refunds or exchanges on any tickets
·         Special Seating Requirements -  The first two rows will be reserved for individuals with special seating requirements.  If you require special seating, please let us know at the time of purchase

May 2nd – 7th Studio Hours
Mon  6:00 – 9:00 PM
Tue    5:30 – 9:30 PM
Wed  5:30 – 8:30 PM
Thu    5:30 – 8:30 PM
Fri       closed
Sat     9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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

Thank you,