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,

Brandon Division Recital Information

Brandon Division Recital Information

McConnell School of Dance’s 2nd Annual Brandon Recital will be held on Saturday, May 14th at the Evans Theatre in the University of Brandon.

MAY 30th SCHEDULE 
2:00 PM  Brandon Dancer Arrival
2:00  – 4:30 PM  Rehearsal – no costumes or wigs needed
4:30 – 6:00  PM   Break
5:00 PM  Winnipeg Performance Division Arrival
6:00 PM   Brandon Dancer Arrival
6:30 PM  Doors Open
7:00 – 8:30 PM Recital


REHEARSAL
  • Costume & make up are not required for rehearsal
  • All dancers performing in the recital are expected to attend the rehearsal, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Please contact us if you are unable to attend the dress rehearsal.
  • Only dancers are allowed in the theatre during rehearsal
  • Parents, please send non-messing snacks & water bottles for dancers.

RECITAL
Brandon Recital    7:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Dancer arrival time is 1 hour prior to the recital start time (6:00 PM)
  • Dancers are required to stay for entire recital as there will be a finale at the end.

TICKETS
Tickets will be available at the door
Adults $10     Children $8
  • Rush Seating only
  • Advanced seating in the 1st & 2nd rows for those with special requirements.  Please check in prior to 6:30 PM at the admission table if you require special seating.

RECITAL ARRIVAL   
Check in opens – 6:0 0 PM
Dancers should arrive in socks (or tights, if applicable) with wigs and make-up applied.  

RECITAL PICK-UP
Please allow 15 – 20 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 your instructor 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. 
  • Parents with young children who may not be comfortable in the change room alone are welcome to stay until their dancer feels secure.

COSTUMES
Parents may choose to send their child in costume, if they prefer not to have dressing room assistants help with costume changes.  
Dancers should arrive in socks (or tights, if applicable) with wigs and make-up applied.  
Please make certain Tara Pins are sewn to costumes.
*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 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 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. 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.

IRISH DANCE WIGS
All dancers should arrive with wigs on.  Dressing-room volunteers do not have time to assist dancers apply wigs. 
Tips on wearing wigs...
Hair should be put in 2 ponytails on the sides of the head. This creates hair going in the opposite direction of the comb in the wig and therefore causes resistance to the comb sliding backwards while the dancer is bouncing.
If the last time the hair is flipped through the pony tail holder, it is only pulled part way through it makes the hair easier to tuck underneath the wig.
Once the combs are fastened in, it is always best to put 3 - 4 bobby pins just securing the wig. Usually in the front, woven with the hair and front of the wig, this also helps prevent the wig from sliding backwards during a performance.

IRISH DANCE SHOES
Soft & Hard Shoes should be cleaned prior to the performance and polished so they shine

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 early or on time as dancers need time to change, warm –up, and practice with their group.
  • Recitals can run late, so your patience is necessary should there be delays at pick up at the dressing room.
  • We recommend parents send their children with a book or game to occupy their time in 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. 
Remember, dancers burn a lot of energy on stage, so extra snacks are recommended. 
Please send nut free snacks as we do have students with serious allergies.


Monday, 18 April 2016

69th Annual Winnipeg Recital - Information & Ticket Sales

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
·         Featuring General & Brandon Divisions
·         Performance Division guest appearances
·         Presentation of the Jackie White Lyons & Vicki Ceilen Memorial Scholarships

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,

Competitive Division - April 23rd Meeting

Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,
 
We will be holding a meeting on Saturday, April 23rd 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (at the studio) for all Winnipeg competitive division dancers and parents.  We will be discussing our May 28th Feile and fundraising details ,so it’s important that everyone do their best to attend, if possible.  If you are unable to attend, please have another parent or dancer take notes on your behalf.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Annual Recital & Costume Orders

Winnipeg Annual Recital  
Our annual recital will be held on Thursday, May 26th at Prairie Theatre Exchange (3rd Floor Portage Place) 7:00 PM
All General & Brandon Division dancers are invite to perform at the recital.  There will be guest performances from our Performance Division.

All dancers (or parents) should confirm recital participation with your teacher next class.

Tickets will be available for sale at the beginning of May

Costume Orders
Dancers who require a new costume for recital should contact us immediately so arrangements can be made for measurements. 
The deadline for costume orders is April 15th, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact us!


Thank you,

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Canada Feile 2016 - Open to all dancers

McConnell Irish Dancers’ Canada Feile 2016
We are very excited to announce McConnell Irish Dancers will be hosting the FIRST CRN Canada Feile (Irish Dance Competition) on Saturday, May 28th at Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel with adjudicator Ms. Ann English ADCRN from Dublin, Ireland.

The competitions are open to all McConnell School of Dance Students from our General Division, Performance Division, Brandon Division, and Competitive Division.
Competitions for all levels (Beginner – Advanced)
All ages, including Adults
Solo, Team, and Family competitions

We STRONGLY recommend all students consider competing in our CRN Canada Feile as it is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to experience competitive Irish dance, in a healthy and supportive environment, without the commitment and expense of long distance travel.

In order to assist General & Brandon Division Dancers who are interested in participating, we are going to offer additional practice time with NO ADDITIONAL LESSON COST!

COMPETITIVE PRACTICE SCHEDULE 
*Beginning the week of April 11th, 2016
Mondays
7:30  - 8:00 Beginner Novice Prelim
8:30 – 9:00 Intermediate, Advanced, Adult
Wednesday
7:00 – 7:30 Beginner Novice Prelim
8:00 – 8:30  Intermediate & Advanced
Saturday
11:00 – 11:30 PM Beginner Novice Prelim
Brandon
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Please confirm with your instructor at the next class, if you plan to compete at our Canada Feile.
Competitive Saturday classes are still an option for those who wish additional preparation time.  Contact us for more information!

COMPETITION SYLLABUS AND REGISTRATION
Please find attached the Canada Feile syllabus and travel information.
Your instructors will work with dancers to determine which level and dances are best suited for them and registration is done through the school.

Hotel Information
For out of town families or those who wish to stay at the hotel, to avail of our discounted room rate, the hotel reservation cut-off date is Friday, May 6th, 2016.
Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel, 1415 Regent Ave. West, Winnipeg
Phone: 1-888-332-2623 or (204) 667-5560.
Room rate $119 Canadian per night plus tax.
Individuals must quote group #314273 – McConnell School of Dance to receive the discounted room rate.

Workshop with Ms. Ann English A.D.R.C.N
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND this workshop to ALL of our students whether they be General, Competitive, or Performance Division (all ages, all levels)
Ann English ADCRN is from Dublin, Ireland and is a CRN accredited Instructor, Adjudicator, and Teacher Trainer.  Ann is currently serving her second term as President of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN)
Date: Sunday, May 29th
Location TBA
Bunghrád Ullmhúchán Meánghrád Árdghrád  /  Beginner, Novice, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced, Adult
Please email info@mcconnelldancers.com to let us know if dancers are interested in attending this workshop as soon as possible as space is limited.

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