2019 Oireachtas Weekly Update – Oct 21

Dear Oireachtas Dancers and Families–

Now through Oireachtas, we’ll be sending out a newsletter with Oireachtas information. Please see below.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WIGS

Here’s the same info about wigs that was just sent separately.

First, Natalie would like to apologize for not doing the younger teams’ hair check last week.

Here’s the plan: ALL team girls U10-U12 will need the Ciara wig in a color that matches their hair.  ALL team girls U9 will need a Single Francesca wig that matches their hair. To make sure you’ve got the right wig and color, Natalie will be available to check colors between 6 pm and 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/22). The timing is short for ordering. All wig orders need to be placed and paid directly to Camilla Rose by end of the day Friday at https://www.cameliarosewigs.com/.

UPCOMING EVENTS, WORKSHOPS, AND INTENSIVES

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 “traveling” 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 and save the appropriate dates. Please refer to the calendar at http://damhsa.osheaproductions.com/calendars/ for details:

  • “O” U11 & UP Hair Workshop
    Tuesday, November 5⋅5:00 – 6:30pm
  • “O” U8-U10 Hair Workshop
    Thursday, November 7⋅5:00 – 6:30pm
  • “O” Costume Final Fitting – Everyone
    Monday, November 11⋅4:45 – 6:45pm
  • “O” U 11 & UP TEAM MAKEUP WORKSHOP
    Tuesday, November 19⋅5:00 – 6:30pm

Important info about Workshops:

  • O18 Ladies are excused from hair and makeup workshops
  • Dancers who are self-sufficient in these areas may attend on their own. Those that need help, please plan to bring someone.
  • Some of these November Dates will make for longer Tuesday/Thursday nights. Dancers will need to bring a bag dinner & snacks.

November Team INTENSIVES (REQUIRED):

November 10th was originally listed as tentative. It is confirmed. There are two intensives.

  • November 10th 1-3:30 pm for U8-U12 & 3-5:00 pm for U15 & O15
  • November 24th 1-3:30 pm for U8-U12 & 3-5:00 pm for U15 & O15

KIDS AND TEENS PARTIES AT OIREACHTAS

FROM THE OIREACHTAS ORGANIZERS: The Kids Party is for dancers (and siblings!) of the U13 age group and younger. This party will be held on Friday, November 29th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Marriott.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through this link on Eventbrite.

The Teen Party is for dancers of the U14 age group and older. This party will be held on Saturday, November 30th from 8:30-11:00pm at the Marriott. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through this link on Eventbrite.

Ticket pre-purchase is required. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you have any questions, please direct them to Erin Rosati at erin@dwyeririshdance.com.

OIREACHTAS BASICS: 

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.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE? 

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

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION? 

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.

The link for accommodations associated with the competition:  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

Donna Dingle, Administrator