Tuesday, 26 January 2016

March 2016 St. Patrick's Performances

March is just around the corner and below is an update on our St. Patrick’s performance opportunities for all McConnell dancers
Dancers are encouraged to participate in both our St. Patrick’s events, however we understand if this is not possible due to scheduling difficulties.  Please confirm participation with your instructor in class by the end of this week.

St. Patrick’s Day 2016
Thursday, March 17th
Location: CCFM 340 Provencher Blvd
Doors Open 5:00 PM
Continuous entertainment throughout the evening, with Irish food, drink, and souvenirs available.  Traditional Irish music, dance, and song all night long!

St. Patrick’s Fest’ 2016
Friday, March 18th  - Due to forces beyond our control, we’ve had to change the date for our 2016 MSDSA St. Patrick’s Fest fundraiser from Sunday March 13th to Friday March 18th.  We apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Location: CCFM 340 Provencher Blvd
Doors Open 5:00 PM
Continuous entertainment throughout the evening, with Irish food, drink, and souvenirs available.  Traditional Irish music & dance to start the night off and we’ll liven things up with the band The Proud Sons later in evening. 

If you have any questions about performing in March, please let us know.  More information about tickets, volunteer opportunities, and performance times will follow!

Thank you,

UK Pavilion Ambassadors

The United Kingdom Pavilion is looking for Ambassadors for Folklorama 2016!
Dates:  Week 2,  August 7 – 13th

What does it take to be a Folklorama Ambassador?
United Kingdom Pavilion ambassadors need to be passionate about our UK culture and love Folklorama!
·         Ambassadors are required to attend approximately 7 -10 mandatory Folklorama events (from June to August).
·         Ambassadors volunteer at the pavilion for the entire week of the festival (Aug 7th- 13th) and tour other pavilions during the
1st week of the festival (July 31st – Aug 6th ).
·         Ambassadors are responsible for providing cultural tours and hospitality to visitors from other pavilions.
·         Knowledge of many aspects of United Kingdom culture, including history, music and dance, and food is essential!
·         Ambassadors are also asked to attend additional media promotion and could be featured on television, radio, or social media.

Due to the rigorous demands on Ambassadors during the week, we do not recommend Main Show performers serve as pavilion ambassadors, unless they have very small roles within the show.

Four Ambassador Positions are available:
Youth Female,  Youth Male, Adult Female , Adult Male
·         Youth Ambassadors ages 14 – 17
·         Adult Ambassadors ages 18 & up

How do to apply to become a United Kingdom Pavilion Ambassador?
Please fill out an application and email to info@uk-pavilion.com or mail to :United Kingdom Pavilion 32 Barberry Rd, Wpg MB R2J2G9
by no later than February 28th, 2016

If you have questions about becoming United Kingdom pavilion ambassador, please contact us!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Comhaltas Winnipeg Scholarship 2016

A wonderful new scholarship opportunity for Irish music and dance from Comhaltas Winnipeg!

Comhaltas Winnipeg is pleased to announce two scholarships that are available for anyone who wishes to take lessons in one of the traditional Irish arts such as music, dance
or language from a Manitoba instructor.
Each scholarship is worth up to $250 and will be paid to the successful applicant’s instructor. Comhaltas Winnipeg membership will be deducted from the amount if you are
not already a member. Interested applicants are asked to provide a copy of their enrolment form from their instructor or school showing the type, date and cost of the program. Please submit your application electronically with a short explanation of why you want this scholarship to comhaltaswinnipeg@shaw.ca
All applications will be reviewed by the Executive and a decision rendered no earlier than 6 February 2016.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (pronounced coal-tis kyol-tory air-in) is an InternationalOrganization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Traditional Irish music,
dance, language and culture.
For more information, please contact Comhaltas Winnipeg.

Thank you,

Competitive Division - North American Nationals Practices

 Competitive Dancers & Parents,
     We’d like to hold an additional practice for all dancers competing at CRN North American Nationals on Sunday, January 31st at the studio.
10:00 – 10:30  Bunghrád
10:30 – 11:00  Ullmhúchán
11:00 – 11:45  Meanghrád
11:45 – 12:45  Teams / 2 Hands / 3 Hands
12:45 – 2:00    Ardhgrád – Set Dances
2:00 -  3:00      Melissa - Set Dance
      We will continue to hold Wednesday evening practices from 5:30 – 8:00 PM for Ardghrád dancers until Nationals. 

      Keep up the hard work and practice everyone....less than 2 weeks to go!

Sat Jan 30th Classes CANCELLED

Dear Dancers & Parents,

    Due to McConnell Irish Dancers’ performances at the Winter Festival in Brandon Manitoba, we will be cancelling classes on Saturday, January 30th for Brandon Division, Winnipeg General Division and Competitive Division.  Our apologies for any inconvenience caused!

    Please respond to this email to let us know you’ve received the cancellation notice.

Thank you,

McConnell School of Dance

Friday, 1 January 2016

Competitive Division - CRN Calendar of Events 2016

Competitive Division – CRN Calendar of Events 2016
Please see attached PDF for the complete list of CRN Féiles for 2016.   Listed below are the USA Region competitions for the year. 
USA Region Competitions
·         February 13th to 15th -   CRN North American Open Championships & USA World Open Qualifiers  (Philadelphia PA)
·         April 2nd -  McGinley School Feis  (Harrisburg PA)
·         May 21st – CRN Féile La Naomh Padraig (Harrisburg PA) 
·         May 28th – CRN Canada Féile (Winnipeg MB)
·         June 24th to 26th – World Open Championships (Castlebar, IRE)
·         Aug 13th – Shelagh Féile (Dayton, OH)
·         Sept 10th – CRN Atlanta Feile (Atlanta GA)
·         Oct 8th to 9th – CRN USA RegionalChampionships (TBD)
·         Dec 3rd – Rince Ri Feis (Philadelphia, PA)

*CRN has announced next year’s Regionals will be held in Orlando, Florida in early February 2017 (Date TBD)
*Although not on the CRN Calendar, it’s likely there will be a CRN or Open Platform Feis to be held in Minneapolis for 2016 – Date TBD

CRN Canada Féile
We are very please to announce the first CRN Canada Féile will be held in Winnipeg  on Saturday, May 28th 2016 (Adjudicator – Ms. Ann English)  This will be the first Open Platform féile to be held in Canada and we are honoured to be able to host the competitions.  Please save the date.....more information will follow!

Qualifiers for 2016
Please note there are no USA Qualifiers for 2016.  Dancers wishing to qualify for CRN Nationals (Feb 2017) and World Open Competitions (June 2017)  will need to attend the Regionals (Oct 8th – 9th, 2016). 
It is highly recommeded dancers wishing to advance levels or qualify for Nationals & Worlds attend as many USA Region Féiles as possible in 2016.

If you have questions, please contact us!