McBride School Championship Dancers
An Open Champion Is Just A Beginner Who Never Quit!!
Congratulations! You have reached Championship! And now you are asking yourself, what is championship level competition at a Feis?
Championship competitors will perform a minimum of two (2) rounds of comptition: one soft shoe and one hard shoe round. However, most Feisanna in the Western Region provide for three rounds: light shoe, hard shoe and set dance. Dancers will perform 3 reel steps or 2.5 slip jig steps for the soft shoe round (boys will only perform reel), and either 3 hard jig steps or 2.5 hornpipe steps, and a set dance of their choice.
Championships competitions are judged by a minimum of three (3) adjudicators. Scoring for the championships are based on the Irish Points System. Places in championships are awarded in proportion to the number of entries, and usually up to one half of the competition (ie. Competitions with 10 competitors will have 5 places).
Championship level competition consists of two levels: Preliminary Championships and Open Champions.
Preliminary Championships: According to the NAFC, this level of dancing is open to a competitor who has placed 1st in both a hard shoe and light school at the Prizewinner level. At the McBride School, a student is expected, and required, to place 1st in all five of the championship level dances: reel, slip jig, hard jig, horn pipe and set dance before moving into championships. And, even though you have achieved these firsts, it is up to a McBride Instructor to determine when, and if, a dancer is ready to enter their first preliminary championship competition. Communication between the dancer, dancer's parent and the instructor is imperative at this level.
In the Western Region, a dancer who wins three (3) 1st place Preliminary Championship awards in one calendar year will move to Open Championship the following year, as of January 1. According to the NAFC, if the third 1st place win does not occur in the same Feis year as the first win, then the dancer may move into Open Championships as soon as the third win is achieved. In the western region, it is the TC's prerogative to move the preliminary dancer to Open if the third win is in the same Feis year as the first win.
Open Championships: Open Championship is the highest level of competition, and is only open to those dancers who have achieved their two 1st place wins in Preliminary Championships.
Competitors who win 1st place in the Open Championship category cannot return to a preliminary or prizewinner grade competition. However, if, after competing for two full feis years at the Open Championship level, a dancer has not placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, the dancer, at their TC's discretion, may opt to return to the Preliminary status.
Required Shoes, Wigs and Dress Information
DoireLight Shoes - Antonio Pacelli "Graces" is the preferred choice and the only black soled bottom shoe we recommend. It has a split that shows of the arching (on the side near the ankle, not the sole) and looks like an Irish Dancing Shoe on top. (other styles more resemble Scottish Shoes, or don't have proper soles).
Cardboard Bottoms - Antonio Pacelli Looped or Gazelles.
Heavy Shoes: Rutherford Black Sole Bottom for dancers going on point, that can't do so easily in a tighter leather bottom. Prefer the Diamond Tip Shoe. Any Rutherford Hard Shoe is acceptable.
Fayes are a good choice, but some dancers who are light footed, don't project sound as well as they do in Rutherford.
Wigs: Camilia Rose, Kathleen, Robyn, Anna
Buns: Camila Rose Lucy (single for U12) Lucy Double for 13 & Over
Dress Makers: Doire Designs, Elevations, Taylor and Realta Rince are wonderful choices. Gavin Doherty is a great dress maker, but tends to make all dresses in a season similar and have more "fad" type styles that go in and out quickly. Doire Designs, Taylor and Elevations tends to be "classic, elegant, and wide ranging" in new styles.
For Teams, dancers need to have the Robyn or Robyn Luxe from Camilla Rose. If we go to buns for the Oireachtas we will shift to the Camillla Rose Lucy or Double Lucy. There is a west coast vendor for the Lucy Bun Wig.
School Dresses: Championship School Dresses made by Doire Dress Designs
All Champion Dancers need to consult with Annie and Eileen on their dresses prior to purchasing or ordering. They will guide you on Comission Rules regarding proper dresses. Adjudicators have been instructed to identify all dancers out of costume compliance by checking a box on the judges sheets. The teachers will not be notified of Dress "out of compliance" until well after the competitions are over.
If in doubt regarding any of the Championship attire, please check with Eileen or Annie.
Please contact Eileen McBride Parker, TCRG directly at TCRGEileen@gmail.com.
THINK LIKE A CHAMPION! ACT LIKE A CHAMPION!