Wednesday, 25 January 2017

2017 McConnell Irish Dance Performances - Winnipeg General Division

2017 McConnell Irish Dance Performances
All General Division dancers are invited to participate in our yearly performances, including 1st year dancers. 
Dancers should confirm their participation by filling out the signup sheet at the studio (bulletin board in waiting room)

Friday, March 17th  St. Patrick’s Fest’ 2017
Location - CCFM 340 Provencher Blvd
Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Food & Drink available for purchase, Silent Auction, Prizes
Tickets available for sale in February

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 Annual Recital
Location – Prairie Theatre Exchange, 3rd Floor Portage Place Mall
Arrive 5:30 PM   Show 7:00 PM
Tickets available for sale in April

August 6th – 12th – United Kingdom Pavilion Folklorama
Location – 1440 King Edward Street
3 – 5 shows per day, dancers participating are expected to attend all 7 nights
Registration for Folklorama in March

Performance Confirmation Dates
St. Patrick’s Fest’ – Sign up by February 4th, 2017
Annual Recital – Sign up by March 25th, 2017
Folklorama – Sign up by March 25th, 2017 *Folklorama Practices are held on Tuesday evenings in June & July

Students wishing to perform are required to purchase a school costume for their current division and level. 
General School costumes range in price from $125 - $350, depending on the dancers level and age.
·         Additional items such as poodle socks and Irish dance shoes are required
·         Irish dance wigs are optional.
General Division
Beginner – Black Nylon bodysuit, Green Skirt, Hair Bow
Novice & Preliminary –  Black Velvet Bodysuit, Green Skirt, Hair Bow, Cummerbund
Intermediate – Black Irish Dance Dress *cummerbund & cuffs required for Folklorama only
Adult – Black Irish Dance Dress or Black Skirt and T-Shirt

Costume Orders
Costume sizing will take place the next two weeks at class.  Instructors will measure students who require a new costume or costume pieces. 
We encourage all dancers to try on their current costumes to make certain they still fit before orders are placed!
Please speak with your instructor or email us at if you need a costume this season
Costume Order Deadline: February 4th, 2017

Irish Dance Shoes
Dancers may purchase their Irish dance shoes on-line at one of the links below.  Always available in stock at the studio are Poodle Socks & Sock Glue!
Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for delivery
For Irish Dance Shoes & Additional Products McConnell School of Dance recommends
Rutherford Irish Dance Products

Irish Dance Wigs
Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for delivery
Irish dance wigs are optional for all General Division dancers.  Many of our dancers prefer to wear Irish dance wigs for the convenience and to keep with the current styles
Wigs are available in many different styles and shades.  We recommend dancers choose a shade as close to their own as possible.
Wig Options - Pony Tail, Bun Wig, 3/4 Cap, and Full Wigs
Dancers in our General & Competitive Divisions may choose any style of wig which suits them best or they are fine to wear their natural hair secured or tied back away from their face for performance
McConnell School of Dance recommends the following Wig vendors;
·         Celtic Curls
·         Irish Wigs
·         Steele Celtic Dancewear

If you have any questions, please contact us!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Competitive Classes - Cancelled Sat Jan 28th & Sat Feb 18th

Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,
Competitive classes will be cancelled on Sat January 28th & Sat February 18th due to our instructors attending performances and competitions out of town.  Dancers are welcome to attend the Monday competitive classes the week after the missed classes to make up for the time.   Please note, Monday competitive classes run 5:30 – 8:00 PM for all levels.  If you have any questions please let us know!

Thank you

Winnipeg Classes - Cancelled Sat Jan 28th, 2017

Dear Dancers & Parents,
All Winnipeg classes will be cancelled on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 due to our instructors attending a performance out of town.  To make up for the time missed, Novice & Preliminary classes will add 30 minutes to the February 4th, 11th and 18th classes (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
Our apologies for any inconvenience to your schedules,

Thank you