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  1. Thanks, everyone! This is great. I'll print all these out before we go.
  2. I haven't homeschooled in several years, but I still think of the WTM boards when I need information. I logged in today to ask for travel tips for Vancouver, and I remembered this thread. It was great to read up on what your dancers are doing. The last time I posted, my dd had made prelim champ was doing well at that level. She needed two firsts to move up to open champ. She placed first in Atlanta in November - competition is pretty stiff at that feis, so it was a sweet win. She got another win last weekend at the Raleigh feis, so she's an open champ. She went to Oireachtas (Regionals) in December, her first Major comp since her surgery. She recalled (top 50% recalls and dance a third dance) and she placed 44th out of 95 in her age group. She's an assistant teacher at the studio now and loves it. The little girls are so cute and really look up to her. It seems like just "the other day" when she was one of the younger kids and hoped she'd someday dance as well as the teenagers... and now she one of the "big kids." Her dance teacher is hoping she'll stay here for college and keep dancing. That's a possibility, but it depends on what she decides for her major. She's still tossed up between a couple of choices.
  3. It looks like there's so much to do there! We'll be staying at the Sheraton in the middle of downtown, and dd will be dancing at the convention center. We were looking at the Suspension Bridge park today. How is the hiking there? Do you have to hike far to get to the bridge? We probably won't be able to do any strenuous hiking because my dancer won't want to overdo it before the competition, and she'll be worn out afterwards. She's competing two days with practices the evenings before, so it's a lot of dancing. We were looking at the Museums too. It sounds like the Museum of Anthropology should be on our list. Thanks for the suggestions!
  4. We will be visiting Vancouver in July for a dance competition and have not been there before. We are adding a few days to sightsee. Any suggestions on best things to see and do? Is public transportation great or should we rent a car? Thanks!
  5. I just saw this thread and realized I never updated! DD needed a hard shoe first to move up to prelim champ. She got a second that day, and one of her classmates got the first. But at her next feis in March, she got the first she needed and moved up. She's doing well in prelim - I think she's only not recalled twice, and she's placed as high as second. Her goal is to move up to open champ this fall, before regionals the first weekend in December. She needs two firsts to make open. Her toe has bothered her off and on. We visited her surgeon earlier this year to make sure it wasn't broken again. There were no new breaks, but he did say the inflammation caused from repetitive stamping can weaken the bone and eventually cause another break. He raised the possibility of retiring, but she's not there yet. She's getting a new dress in time for regionals - it is in the design process now and sewing will begin in September. I'll try to remember to post a picture of it when it arrives in November.
  6. Thank you! Good luck to your daughter in her spring performance!
  7. Thank you! I enjoyed reading the update about your son.
  8. Thank you. Sounds like your daughter is having a busy and fun senior year. Your description of the video project made me laugh. :-)
  9. I thought about reviving the old thread, but since it hasn't been posted on in over a year, I decided to make a new post. Can I get some good thoughts for my dd16 (an Irish dancer) this weekend? It's been 2 years since she competed in solo dances because of injuries. She continued dancing on teams through Nationals in the summer of 2016. At that point, she took a long break, but her broken toe refused to heal, so she had it surgically repaired in February 2017. Her orthopedist didn't rush us to surgery, because the break was in an area of the toe that has poor blood flow, so it sometimes doesn't heal well. Fortunately, dd's toe has healed great. She planned to return to dance in August 2017, but was delayed until November due to issues with low blood pressure. So, this weekend is her first competition since she's been back. She's nervous and excited, and truth be told, I am too. Anyone else want to share what your dancers are doing now?
  10. Katie did trad set last year, but this was her first year doing solos. Our choreo team is going to nationals, but I don't think they'll go to worlds because it's so much expense for just teams with only one of the team members doing solos. If the dance teacher thinks otherwise, I'm sure we'll be getting an email in the next few days. :-) Our school is amazing. Our senior ceili 8-hand was the last team to dance, so they had to run upstairs for their choreo hair and costume change and make-up touch up. Our parents and other students had 4 flat irons going, a few people doing the hair style, people holding bobby pins, clear pony tail holders and hair spray for them; and people unzipping ceili dresses and pulling on the choreo leotards and skirts. It was a sight to behold.
  11. Yes, it was. Her senior choreo team got 1st and their whip and nae nae generated some twitter chatter ranging from, "If I'd known that, I would have stayed another night" to "It's a sad day in the world of Irish dancing." LOL. Her teacher has a world championship in choreo and danced with both Celtic Tiger and Riverdance, so I trust his judgment on these things. Choreo is the right place for some originality and creativity. One of the twitter comments was from Ciara Sexton, the current lead female in Riverdance! Her other teams got 3rd, 5th and 7th. Our other teams also did great. We had 8 teams in the top 3 with 2 of those being 1st. She didn't recall for solos, so she was very disappointed. But she danced beautifully and did her best, so it's all good. She knows what she needs to work on for next year. Most of our dancers recalled, most of those qualified for Natls and some for worlds. Our school started off small with our TCRG and former owner retired to FL and flying in once a month so we could qualify to compete. We've only had a full time TCRG for 3.5 years, and each year we've done better in the major comps. Our second TCRG will be here as soon as his visa is approved. It's exciting to see the growth both as a school and in our individual dancers.
  12. She is one of the best dancers in the novice/prizewinner classes, but on Saturdays they practice with the champs. In her private lessons, she and her teacher dance together, but we can only afford two privates/month. I'm not sure how to improve turnout. I know it has to come from the hip to prevent knee and ankle injuries. DD used to get a lot of comments on turnout, but not so much any more. Can you believe hotel rooms opened for Nationals before any Oireachtas? It's normal that they open up before Southern Region Oireachtas since ours is the last one, but it's really early this year. I told dh I made the reservations and gave him the dates to put on the calendar. He said, Now that's what I call planning ahead! I ordered new ghillies today. Her current ones aren't that old, but the foam padding is pushed forward and broken in front so it can't be repaired. We're switching from Pacelli to Hullachan and I'm hoping the Hullachans might hold up a little better. We found out today that our favorite Irish pub is closing. DD's school has danced there about once a month for years, so everyone is really bummed. None of the other pubs in the area has a decent stage.
  13. I was reading the posts about the tall, gangly kids. My dd has btdt. She is about 5'7" and very thin, but she has developed grace and elegance. That said, in the Irish dance hard shoe steps, rhythm is the biggest factor, and she's struggling with that. Any suggestions? I know she needs to listen to dance music more than she does. An instrument would be good, but I don't know how we'd fit it in since she has dance class 4 days a week plus competitions and performances. I think it would be too overwhelming. She has done a therapy called Interactive Metronome in the past, so I am looking into doing a refresher using the IM-at-home program (cheaper and less driving than doing it in office). But the therapist she had before left and they are still working on getting another therapist certified for the at-home program. Any other ideas that we might be overlooking?
  14. After Nation's Capital feis this weekend, they offered grades exams on Monday. It's one of the steps toward getting certified as an Irish dance teacher. DD passed Level 1 with honors and Level 2 with distinction.
  15. DD's team at Nationals danced beautifully but didn't recall. The U12 team recalled and placed 10th. We had only one solo dancer recall. They all danced great, but the competition is just fierce. This week is dance camp and Dan is kicking their butts. They've worked hard on strength and conditioning but he is ramping it up another notch. DD had a PT appt on Tuesday, and PT is very happy with her progress. Her strength has improved much in the past year and she has no injuries at the moment. She has gained a little weight and filled out a bit. We're going to the Nation's Capital feis this weekend. We have 3 comps in Oct-Nov where our teams are dancing in addition to solos to get ready for Regionals the first weekend of December. Our summer break was shortened by Nationals, so it didn't really feel like a break. It's a five week break, but one week we were traveling for Natls and this week is camp, so we really only got 3 weeks off.
  16. Oh, wow, I don't know if I would have that much willpower. I did slip and fall on ice one time while carrying my then 6-month old. I landed on my elbows so that she wouldn't hit the ground. But I don't know if I could do that to my face.
  17. Thanks. We are so thankful it wasn't worse. Did you watch the choreography comps at SRO last year? We watched it but didn't give it a lot of thought. Well, our school added two choreo teams this month, so that adds to the craziness. It is something our teacher has wanted to do for awhile because he won choreo at worlds and really enjoys it.
  18. One of the older dancers at our studio quit dancing to focus on academics for her senior year, and also because she has a soccer injury that is still giving her grief even after having surgery in the fall. So my daughter who went to Worlds as a sub on a team will now also be going to Nationals as a sub on the same team. I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the major comps. We were using to the ones within a few hours of home, but now we are doing 5 of those plus Worlds earlier this month, Nationals in July, and Oireachtas (Regionals) in December. We found out that they will be doing grades in DC in July, which is one of the steps toward getting certified to teach, so we'll be going to that comp and staying an extra day so that dd can test in the first three levels. Last Thursday, dd tripped over someone in PE and slid on her knees into a door and hit her head pretty hard. When the PE teacher called me, my first thought was thank goodness it's not her feet/ankles/knees this time. My dh was closer to the school at the time, so he went to pick her up. He called me back to say that he was taking her to the ER because she was having concussion symptoms. I might have freaked out a bit at that point, realizing that this could potentially be much worse than a sprained ankle. Fortunately, her ct scan was clear and she just had a mild concussion. The worst part was the headache that lasted five days, but finally went away today.
  19. DD is home! She said the weekend is a blur. She was more interested in talking about some of their incidents in Montreal than dancing. To make it even more amazing that they recalled, their teacher was sitting in the audience watching the other teams in round 1 and realized that he had left a figure out of the dance they were supposed to do. He sent another dancer running backstage to tell them to do the other dance first. This was when there were only 2 teams ahead of them, but they kept their composure. He had warned them to be prepared for last minute changes, thank goodness. As soon as they finished dancing, they ran to one of the practice rooms to learn the figure that needed to be added into the other dance, and they did that one in round 2. Overall, she had a great time and said it was worth all the work, money, stress, etc that went into it.
  20. Thank you! One of the moms who is there talked to a dad from one of the winning teams. He said they've had a ceili program (group dances, for those not familiar with Irish dance) for 25 years. She told him we've had ours for 2.5 years and this was our first team to go to Worlds. He was flabbergasted that they recalled. Our teacher is just amazing.
  21. That's what our studio owner always says! Costuming, hair, no make-up, everything is easier for the boys. ETA: Actually, costuming may not be easier, but it's definitely cheaper. They wear blinged up vests and jackets which are expensive, but much cheaper than the dresses for the girls.
  22. As requested, I am reporting back on my daughter's experience at the Irish Dancing worlds competition. She flew to Montreal yesterday and they competed today in the 8-hand age 16-19 ceili category. Ceili is group dances. This was our school's first time to send a team to worlds, and they placed 17th out of 35 teams. Everyone is just ecstatic that they recalled and got to dance both of their dances! All the teams that recalled got medals, so she's coming home with bling. We were able to buy a livestream account, so I watched the first round at home with my husband and middle daughter, who's home from college this weekend. We were able to put it on the TV, so it was big and clear. I watched round 2 in my office with my coworkers gathered around. My husband and daughter were watching at home and we were facebook messaging while it was going on. The livestream also included cameras backstage, so K. and another teammate waved at the camera while they were waiting. Silly me, I waved back even though they couldn't see me. She'll be home tomorrow. I am anxious to hear her thoughts about the experience firsthand.
  23. I will definitely have to look for that. We've tried socks, curlers, and almost anything else we can think of. For competition, the pouf has to be big, and with her fine hair, most things peek through unless we tease it. For bobby pins, we have the extra long, regular, and short, extra tight for keeping the wig from sliding backward, you name it. LOL.
  24. Is that the bangs pouf? DD has a bald spot in the front center of her hairline from all the teasing. I try not to it tease as much as we used to. She usually wears her hair down for local performances, but has to have the pouf and wig for competitions and certain performances. Most ID'ers, if they get a bald spot, get it behind the bangs where the wig is attached and the bobby pins rub. At least it's not so visible there. But dd's is small enough that it looks like it just be her natural hairline, so it's not horrible. I've tried using a pouf maker instead of teasing (a bump attached to a comb), but her hair is too fine and it just doesn't work right.
  25. Every time I see an article about doing away with the make up, tanning, and wigs, I'm like, "No, not the wigs!" Barbie style make up and orange tans can go, though.
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