Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Dear Dancers & Parents,
MSDSA’s Annual Shoe & Clothing Swap will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the dance studio.  This is a great chance to sell your gently used dance items including costumes, shoes, trainers, wigs, performance costumes, solo dresses and dance clothing.  Payment is only accepted by personal cheque payable to MSDSA or cash. A small percentage of the sale is retained by the MSDSA to pay for water for the studio, as well as awards and scholarships that are offered by the McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association. 
 
Please drop off your items to sell at the studio on the following dates and times.
        Wednesday, November 23rd from 6:00 - 7:30 pm 
        Thursday, November 24th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm
       Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and from 12:30 – 1:00 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.


*There are no limits to the number of items to be sold per dance family.
*Older dancers can drop off their own items for the sale, but should stay to complete the form, including noting the prices. The MSDSA does not set the prices for the items. 
 *General Division costumes will not be sold as there will be a new General Division costume this year.
If you have specific questions regarding the sale please contact Allison Steeves at 290-3106 or email amsteeves10@hotmail.com.


 Thank you,
  

McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association 

Monday, 25 September 2017

School Clothing Order - Deadline Oct 14th, 2017


Our school clothing Order Form for the 2017 – 2018 season will be available at the studio.  
  • Sample sizes are on display in the studio waiting room.  Brandon Division will have samples available for try on at the Oct 4th lesson
  • Clothing will have school name & logo on all items
  • All sales final.  No refund or exchange on any clothing items.

Performance Division dancers (Full, Senior, & Junior) are asked to have the following items for this year’s dance season.
  1. Green Athletic Crew Neck
  2. Black Soft Shell Jacket
  3. Black Circular Skirt – available from H & M
  4. Red Cotton T-shirt – available from any department store
  5. Attire may be worn during performances so all items should be well fitting for the current year.

Orders are due by  Saturday, October 14th, 2017. 
  • Payments must be included with order.  Cheques payable to McConnell School of Dance
  • Please drop order forms in the MSD Box at the studio

This will be our only clothing order for the 2017 – 2018 dance season so don’t miss the order deadline!  Orders will be ready for pick up by end of November.




Friday, 22 September 2017

MSDSA - Shoe Swap

Dear Dancers & Parents,
MSDSA’s Annual Shoe & Clothing Swap will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 1:30 pm – 3:00 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, payable to MSDSA.  A small percentage of the sale is retained by the MSDSA which is used to pay for water for the studio, awards and scholarships that are offered by the McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association. 
 
Please drop off your items to sell at the studio on the following dates and times.
        Saturday, September 23th from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
        Monday, September 25th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
        Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm
        Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm **Volunteers Required**
        Thursday, September 28th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm and 7:30 – 8:30 pm
        Saturday, September 30 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and from 12:30 – 1:00 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.   Items that can be sold are wigs, socks, hard and soft shoes and any McConnell clothing. 
 Costumes will not be sold as there will be a new General Division costume this year.

 Thank you,
  

McConnell School of Dance Student’s Association 

MSDSA - AGM Sept 30th, 2017

Hello Dancers and Parents,

The annual general meeting for the McConnell School of Dance Student's Association (MSDSA) will be held at the studio on Saturday, September 30th at 3:30 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 2017 - 2018 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 into 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 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!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Thank you,
McConnell School of Dance Student's Association

Thursday, 21 September 2017

MSDSA - Upcoming Fundraisers

MSDSA – Value Village Fundraiser
We will have another Value Village drop off middle of October, we will be accepting donations dropped off at the studio on Sept 30 – Costume/Shoe Swap and AGM.
Please ask your friends and neighbors for anything to donate! Fall cleaning is upon us and it’s a good way to clear out space and help your dancers earn money for their school!

Applebee’s Breakfast Fundraiser

Save the date for November 18 8-10 at the Applebee’s on Grant for Pancake Breakfast-Special Guest Appearing for Photos!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Competitive Division - Qualifiers


Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,

CRN has announced there will be a Qualifier at the Rince Ri Feile in Philadelphia on December 2nd, 2017. 
Dancers who are unable to attend Regionals or did not qualify to dance an  Award competition at Nationals will have another opportunity at the Rince Ri Feile in Philadelphia.  There will also be Championship rounds with 3 adjudicators at the Rince Ri Feile.  This is an opportunity for Ardghrad level dancers to move up to Craobhghrad.
Dancers who wish to attend the Rince Ri Feile may book their tickets at anytime as the Feile date has been confirmed.  The hotel information has not been released and likely wont be until late October or November.
At this time, no other competitions for 2018 have been confirmed and we remind dancers and parents not to book travel until we have received official confirmation from CRN.

Thank you,

Shayleen

Monday, 18 September 2017

Competitive Division - Lanyard Orders

Dear Competitive Division Dancers and Parents,

CRN is taking orders for lanyards for the upcoming dance season.  Anyone who wishes to order a lanyard will need to confirm by no later than September 20th, 2017 by emailing info@mcconelldancers.com

Please let us know the following information;
1) Dancers Full Name
2) Dancers Date of Birth
3) If the Lanyard is New or a Replacement

Lanyards are 15 Euro each (Approx. $22 Canadian)  plus an additional 10 Euro  (Approx. $14 Canadian) will be divided between those ordering to cover the costs of CRN’s Paypal fee for overseas payments.   Total fees will be calculated once all orders are in.  Fees will be due by September 23rd, 2017 (no exceptions).

  • Dancers are not required to order new lanyards every year.  If you have one already, you do not need to order another one.
  • It is fine if Dancers do not wish to order a lanyard.  Dancers without CRN Lanyards will need to pay the entry fee for those who do not have lanyards at competitions. 

If you ordered a lanyard in April 2017, you will receive the lanyard at Regionals (if you are attending, or afterwards if you are not attending).

If you have any questions, please let us know!

Thank you


Shayleen

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

MSDSA - Show & Save Fundrasier

MSDSA is pleased to present our first general fundraiser of the year!

 

2017/18

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! New this year...McDonald's, Smitty's, Applebees, Ihop, and Skyzone to name a few.

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 11, 2017 at the studio, and sales will continue until Tuesday, October 10, 2017 while supplies last. 


Each book and card combination costs only $20.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

CRN USA Regionals - Registration & Syllabus

Dear Competitive Division Dancers & Parents,

The CRN USA Regional Registration & Syllabus has just been released. Please see attached Syllabus for more details.  The schedule has not been released and  will not be available until approximately 2 weeks prior to the competition, after all registrations are received.  Solo competitions take place on Saturday and Ceili & Awards/Championships are held on Sunday.

Registration is done through the school, not by the individual.  Instructors will determine which dances, levels, and awards students will compete in. 

Dancers will need to confirm their participation in Regionals by no later than 12 Noon  on Sunday, September 10th  email  info@mcconnelldancers.com
  • When confirming your participation, please indicate if you wish to take part in both the solo competitions (Saturday)  & awards / championships (Sunday).

Once our registrations are confirmed we will be able to determine if teams competitions are possible.
  • If you are interested in taking part in team competitions, please let us know in your confirmation email.

Thank you,


Shayleen McConnell Finucan

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

2017 - 2018 Competitive Division Registration

Dear Dancers and Parents,

A reminder there are no competitive classes this week.  Our 2017 – 2018 Season commences on Monday, September 11th.

To find out more about our 2017 – 2018 season, please visit the following link;

We strongly recommend dancers and parents read the information provided on our website prior to registering for competitive classes as terms and conditions change from season to season.

To Register, please visit the following link;

ALL STUDENTS MUST REGISTER  ON-LINE PRIOR TO CLASSES COMMENCING ON SEPTEMBER 11th   
 NO EXCEPTIONS, ALL COMPETITIVE DANCERS MUST FILL OUT A COMPETITIVE DIVISION REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS MUST BE FINALIZED BEFORE DANCERS WILL BE PERMITTED IN CLASS


2017 - 2018 Competitions
·USA Regionals 2017 - Oct 7th & 8th, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA)
·Rince Ri Feile (Philadelphia) - Dec 2nd, 2017
·USA Nationals 2018 - Feb 17th, 18th, 19th 2018
·McGinley School Feis 2018 - End of March Date TBD (Harrisburg, PA)
·Feile La Naomh Padraig 2018 - End of May Date TBD (Harrisburg, PA)
·Canada Feile 2018 - May 26th Date TBC (Winnipeg, MB)
·World Championships 2018 - June 20th - 24th 2018 (Kilarney, Ireland)
·Red Shoe Feile - July 2018 Date TBC (Wichita, Kansas)
·Shelagh Feile - Aug 2018 Date TBD (Dayton, Ohio)
·USA Regionals 2018 - Oct 6th & 7th 2018 (Location TBD)
·Rince Nua Feile 2018 - Nov 2018 Date TBD (Minneapolis, MN)

CRN USA Regionals
Oct 7th & 8th, 2017 in Harrisburg, PA
Registration will be available from CRN soon.
Dancers who wish to compete at Regionals will need to confirm their participation.  A sign up sheet will be posted at the studio with a deadline to confirm.

If you have any questions regarding competitive division registration, please contact us at info@mcconnelldancers.com

Thank you,

McConnell School of Irish Dance
32 Barberry Rd, Wpg Canada R2J2G9
Phone(204) 793-8557