2019 OID Regional Championships – Team Invitation

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ

Regional Irish Dance Championships
2019 Oireachtas OID Team Invitation

Please read this entire document, and then click the link at the end to
fill out the appropriate form for your dancer(s). We are requesting a

YES or NO from all dancers

Please direct all questions to either Natalie or Cormac

OIREACHTAS DATE(S): Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2019
TEAM COMPETITION DATE: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2019
LOCATION: Louisville, Kentucky; Kentucky Intl Convention Center

PARENT/DANCER OIREACHTAS MEETING:
Oireachtas Information Meetings for both dancers and Parents will be held the first week of classes during
team training time. We ask that parents attend at least one of these meetings with their dancer even
if you have already participated in team competitions before. We provide new information each year
specific to that year’s event. Rules may change and you will need to understand what the requirements
are.

MEETING: Studio 2: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
● Tues August 27th

WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS?
O’Shea Irish Dance trains and competes regularly in our Regional (November) and National (July)
championships. You are receiving this document because Cormac and Natalie have determined that
your child is ready to participate in one of our competitive teams. We set our teams in the fall (August) of the year in anticipation of Regionals (Oireachtas) held in
November AND also with a view toward placement for Nationals in July as well. Worlds championship
team placement in Dublin 2020 will also be an option for some of our experienced teams. We will ask
about all three events in the FORM at the end.

WHAT IS THIS “OIREACHTAS” EVENT?
The Oireachtas (ah-ROCK-tus) is the Regional Championship for the Mid-America Region,
represented by the IDTAMA (Irish Dance Teachers of Mid America). It is one of 5 regions in the US,
covering 14 states from Ohio to the Dakotas & from Missouri to Minnesota. It is a qualifying event for
National and World Championships.

WHAT IS MY INVITATION FOR?
We are inviting your dancer to consider doing a team competition with OID. This is the primary part of this
invitation but your dancer will have an opportunity to dance in one other competition at Oireachtas
depending on their age, skills, and competition level (Beginner, Novice, Prizewinner, Preliminary
Champion (PC) or Open Champion (OC).
● TEAMS: Team dances range in age groups U8; U10; U12; U15; U18, O18 for girls teams, and
U8; U10; U12; U15, O15 for Mixed. Age is defined like a feis age, by a dancer’s age at 12:00am
on January 1. Team members are chosen by teachers. Participation of a school team for each
age group at Oireachtas qualifies that school for participation in the National &/or World
Championships. We do try to place dancers in our “A” Teams for BOTH Regionals and Nationals.
(Worlds are not a requirement for any Oireachtas participants; just a possibility on the years that it
works & for the teams that are able.)
● TRADITIONAL SETS: There are Traditional Set competitions at the Oireachtas only (not offered
at Nationals or Worlds) which are open to dancers in all ages & levels who are participating in
teams but do not yet qualify for solos. A traditional set is a common choreography of Irish dance
to a specific tune, known worldwide, as opposed to the teacher-choreographed steps that the
soloists use. It is added by most team dancers as a fun bonus.
● SOLOS: Regional Qualification is required for solo dancers U8 through adults to be eligible for
this event. Solo qualification at Oireachtas is obtained four ways; 1. OC dancer; 2. PC dancer that
has placed at least once in the top 50% (Oct 1 to Sept 30); 3. U8 to U10 dancer – teacher
placement (teacher decides to have them dance); 4. U11 to U13 prizewinner dancer with at least
one first, second or third place in all dances (reel, slip jig, treble jig, hornpipe) between (Oct 1 and
Sept 30)

If you have any questions about what level your dancer is at or what competitions she/he would compete
at Regionals (Oireachtas) or Nationals please contact Cormac or Natalie

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OIREACHTAS FROM THE ORGANIZERS?
ALL current information is on the FaceBook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/midamericaoireachtas2018/. (The link currently says 2018 but contains the
2019 information.) The event website is https://midamericaregion.com/oireachtas/. The open hotel
information is already posted on this page. Schedules and updates will be added as they are made
available.

WHERE ARE THE COMPETITIONS HELD?
The 2019 Oireachtas will take place Nov 29 through Dec 1, 2019 in Louisville, KY at the
Kentucky International Convention Center. Team day is Saturday the 30th.

HOW DO I GET TO THE COMPETITION?
Families will arrange their own transportation to the event.
O’Shea can help connect for carpooling to the event, or for your dancer to travel with another
family if necessary. It is important to let us know as soon as possible if your dancer will need
assistance traveling to the competition.
Accommodation link: https://midamericaregion.com/oireachtas/accomodations/

WHEN ARE THE COMPETITIONS HELD?
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday of Thanksgiving Week

● SOLOS for U14 & up are on FRIDAY
● TRAD SETS for ALL are on SATURDAY
● TEAMS for ALL are on SATURDAY
● SOLOS for U8 through U13 are on SUNDAY

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE?
We require all team members to arrive at the city/hotel area by around 3pm Friday, the day before their
team competition, and at the venue by 4pm to get ready to practice. U8-U12 teams meet together in the
practice area at 4:30pm, rehearsing to around 6:30pm. U15 & O15 teams will practice as their members
are available after their solo competitions/sets.

HOW MUCH DO THE COMPETITIONS COST? (These are the 2018 prices)

● Team entries: $15 per team member
● Traditional Set entries: $20 per dancer
● Solo entries: $50 per dancer
● Family Fee: $50 per family
● Family Max: $180 (plus $50 family fee)

All Oireachtas entries are submitted by each school’s TCRG (Cormac in our case). Entries will be billed to
the appropriate students on their StudioDirector account before October 1st & must be paid before
October 15th. In addition, your dancer will be enrolled in an Oireachtas Ceili Class for the months of
September, October and November. The total fee for these classes combined is $200. Depending on
your dancer’s level, there will be an additional Oireachtas costume fee as well. Oireachtas costume fees
are $50 for the Eire Design vests and $75 for the Eire Design dresses.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE CHOSEN?
● Teams – Dancers Primary 1 & up who have been learning 8-hand ceili dances are eligible*.
○ Those who have done previous major championships will have some priority.
○ Dancers must be age qualified.
○ Cormac will place dancers to to fit together in height & ability, and experience.
*No dancer is guaranteed a place by their RSVP with this form. Teams will be crafted by
Cormac and announced before the fall session starts, so you can adjust your dance classes
around this schedule. We endeavor to include as many interested dancers as possible.
● Traditional Set – All non-solo dancers accepted as team members are also welcome to compete
their Traditional Set Dance at Oireachtas. They must dance in a solo costume (not OID class
costume) approved by OID and must attend relevant Trad. Set classes regularly prior to
Oireachtas.
● Solos – For questions, please contact Cormac.
○ U8, U9 & U10 dancers are entered under teacher discretion for the solo championships.

○ U11, U12 & U13 dancers may qualify starting at a Prizewinner level by placing 1st, 2nd or
3rd in each of their required solo dances, or by reaching Preliminary Championship level.
○ U14 and up dancers must be PC level, and must have placed in the top 50% of a PC
competition within the last 12 months.
○ ALL OC dancers are automatically qualified.

TRAINING/CLASS TIMES: FOR DANCERS PLACED ON TEAMS ONLY
All TEAM dancers participating in Oireachtas will need to be enrolled in the age-appropriate Ceili Class
on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, September – November:
● U8 – U12 must enroll in weekly Tuesday classes 6:30-8:00pm
● U13 & up must enroll in weekly Thursday classes 6:30-8:00pm
● All Ceili dancers will be enrolled in both Tuesday and Thursday Ceili classes 6:30-8:00pm for
NOVEMBER only.
*Preparation Events are also required for training; please see below.

WHAT ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?
This is the big one. There are great difficulties that absences present for everyone involved. Please
understand that any classes missed don’t affect the dancer missing them as much as the dancers who
actually attend and don’t have a full team to rehearse with.
A maximum of three TOTAL absences from regular practice will be allowed if submitted in
advance, with the accompanying form. For school events that are not yet scheduled, an absence
may be considered excused if received by Cormac IN WRITING AT LEAST 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE.

!!These excused absences cannot occur during the month of November!!

We need to be firm with this. Unplanned absences during November have been one of the most difficult
elements of practicing teams. If missing from class, you may be dropped from the event & replaced.
Lack of commitment to these rehearsals may affect your opportunities for placement in a team for the
current competition and for the future.

Preparation Events:
Team Meetings:
The first ALL-teams Informational meeting (for parents and dancers) will take place during Ceili
time:

Studio 2 @ 6:30pm -7:30pm
● Tuesday August 27th (All Levels)
September Feiseanna (REQUIRED FOR ALL):
Dancers must be actively involved in feiseanna to be chosen for a major championship. Support
of and participation in the local OID sponsored Feiseanna are recommended. While we will not be
competing teams at these events, dancers must be registered for applicable solo dances.
● Sept 21st – The Minnesota State Championship Feis (f/k/a The Minnesota Feis)
● Sept 22nd – St. Paul Autumn Feis
Away Feiseanna (RECOMMENDED FOR ALL; 1 REQUIRED FOR SOLOISTS):
Solo dancers are required to attend THREE fall feiseanna in total September – November in
preparation for Oireachtas. The two local feiseanna DO count – so if you can make those, choose one that is away.
All North-American Feiseanna are listed here:
https://nafc.knack.com/north-american-feis-commission#feis-schedule/
The feiseanna below are the ones Cormac will likely be at. Join him if you can, but feel free to
choose any North American Feis!
● Oct. 12/13th – Pat Roche Feis/Windy City Feis
● Oct 27/28 – MHG Halloween Feis/Dubh Agus Ban Feis
● Nov. 3th – Chicago Autumn Feis

Fun Dates to Save:
Aside from the required TEAM dates, we also have some fun times to reserve:
● August TBD – Oireachtas Family Pool Party
● November TBD – FAMILY TEAM-BUILDING PARTY
● December 28 – OID FAMILY HOLIDAY PARTY
November Mock Oireachtas (REQUIRED):
Mock Oireachtas is a mandatory preparatory event designed to show new dancers the format and
structure of Oireachtas and to provide a real-time real-life example of what Oireachtas is and how
it is different from the feiseanna we’re used to. Mock Oireachtas is open to attend as a spectator
and parents are invited and encouraged to attend, socialize with other parents (BYOB!), be a
responsive audience, and even videotape your dancers.
Again, Mock Oireachtas is MANDATORY – no exceptions will be made for this date. This is an
extremely important event, and takes place of the “travelling” team feis we have required in the
past.
● SUNDAY, Nov 17th 12 pm – 8 pm

■ 12 pm – CJ opens for warm up and changing/prep
■ 1 pm – 3 pm – Teams & Trad Set Dancers
■ 3 pm – 8 pm – Solo Championship Dancers only

November Team Hair/Costume/Makeup Workshops (REQUIRED):
We train teams to match hair, makeup and costumes. Please check the dates included in the
FORM. This is a guideline for late October/early November workshops.
Please refer to the calendar at http://damhsa.osheaproductions.com/calendars/ for details:
● U8-U12 TEAMS:
○ 3 Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm OR 8:00-9:30pm*
● U13 & up TEAMS:
○ 3 Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm

N.B. Dancers who are self-sufficient in these areas may attend on their own. Those that need
help, please plan to bring someone.
N.B. Some of these November Dates will make for longer Tuesdays/Thursday nights. Dancers
will need to bring a bag dinner & snacks.

November Team INTENSIVES (REQUIRED):
● November 10th (tentative) 1-3:30 pm for U8-U12 & 3-5:00 pm for U15 & O15
● November 24th (definite) 1-3:30 pm for U8-U12 & 3-5:00 pm for U15 & O15

NATIONALS & WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019:
We will be setting our “A” teams (our top 8 dancers in each age group) now to take their teams to
compete at the Regionals now, and to represent OID at the 2020 National Championships (NAIDC) &
World Championships in 2020. They have not launched a day schedule for us to know the team comp
day yet.
NAIDC Home page: https://www.wcidta.ca/naidc-vancouver-2019
NAIDC Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/North-American-Irish-Dance-Championships-July-2-6-2020-22236213
94358386/
● Nationals Location: Nashville, TN
● Venue: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
● Competition Days: Monday, July 2nd – Friday, July 6th

WORLDS Home Page: https://www.clrg.ie/index.php/en/championships/world-championships-2020.html
WORLDS FaceBook Page: (TBA – they are not as obsessive with this as the Americans)

● Worlds Location: Dublin, Ireland
● Venue: Dublin Convention Center, Spencer Dock
● Competition Days: Sunday, April 5th – Sunday, April 12th

You will see that your availability for Nationals & for Worlds is requested in this Oireachtas invitation form.
This is NOT a required element for attendance for this Oireachtas. However, considering this
commitment may affect your team placement (especially for U15 & O15 teams.)

HOW TO REPLY:
R.S.V.P. by submitting the appropriate OIREACHTAS FORM in the links below. Responses are required
BY Saturday August 24, 2019, before Fall classes start. We will announce team participation that
Sunday.
Please click the age-appropriate link:
● U8-U12 TEAM FORM (for all dancers up to and including the U12s)
● U15-O18 TEAM FORM (for all dancers U13+)

By submitting an RSVP you are indicating your interest in being on a team. Again, we endeavor to
involve all interested parties as age/ability allow. Your commitment is finalized at the Team
Meetings the first week of classes.

Team/Dance Questions to Cormac ONLY:
Email: cormac@osheairishdance.com only. Cell/Text: 612-703-2147 (9 am to 9 pm)
Current/Workshop Questions to Natalie: (hair, costumes, makeup, scheduling etc.)
Email: natalie@osheairishdance.com Cell/Text: 612-703-2167 (9am – 9pm)
Besides the great camaraderie, teamwork, strength, development and FUN your kids will have, one of the
greatest parts about regionals is the exploration and travel! IDTAMA is plugging the local Museums and
Attractions. Ask a parent or dancer who attended last year for tips. Find out more at:
www.gotolouisville.com.

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